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7 Secrets to Losing Weight, and Keeping it Off, Over the Holidays

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Attention weight watchers: Health experts have some good news — and bad — as we head into the winter holidays.

The good: Chances are good that you weigh less now than any other time of year, according to federal statistics that show the nation’s collective waist line is lowest in the fall, and rises around Thanksgiving and peaks by Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The bad: Most Americans will gain at least a few pounds between now and January 1 — and it will make three to five months to lose them, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"Everyone gains weight over the holidays; Americans, Germans, Japanese," says Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and co-author of the new study.

"Instead of making a New Year's Resolution, make an October resolution. It's easier to avoid holiday pounds altogether than to lose them after they happen."

Good advice, to be sure. But what are the best ways to do that?

For answers, Newsmax Health turned to health and wellness specialist Merilee Kern, author of “Kids Making Healthy Choices,” and Jimmy Fleming, co-founder of HealthyWage, a company specializes in corporate weight loss programs.

“As health-seekers strategize their diet and fitness approach for the holiday gluttony season and those inevitable New Year’s resolutions just beyond, there are a few simple but key considerations that can make all the difference between a successful —and even profitable — weight-loss endeavor and a wellness endeavor that falls far short,” Kern says.

Here are her and Fleming’s top six ideas:

Set specific goals, deadlines. You are far more likely to achieve your diet resolution if you spend a few minutes thinking it through ahead of time. Simply stating that you’re going to lose weight is not nearly specific enough.

Detail how many pounds you aim to lose overall, and each week (about one pound a week is a reasonable goal), and how you’ll do it — by changing your diet, eating less or exercising more? And set deadlines for achieving those goals — and put them in writing. She advises asking yourself:

  • What exactly is your eating plan?
  • Are you going to follow a particular diet?
  • If so, when are you going to start?
  • What about exercise?
  • What specific days and times will you commit to working out?
  • Will you exercise with a partner or work with a personal trainer?

It’s also important to log your progress as you go.

Bribe yourself. Studies show that financial incentives can help boost weight-loss success — money to lose if you fail and money to win if you succeed.

“The reason money works better than the natural motivators of vanity and health is that money can be tied to specific, measurable goals and deadlines,” Kern explains. “In other words, financial incentives help prevent procrastination by establishing a firm start date, and help prevent quitting by establishing a firm goal date.”

Do one thing at a time. Many weight-loss programs are doomed to fail before they start because they are begun at the same time as other life-changing plans. In other words, resolving to lose weight — and also spend more time with your family, pick up a hobby, or do more volunteer work — may add too much to your plate.

“Trying to stick to more than one resolution creates a willpower diffusion that is almost always a recipe for failure,” Kern says. “Your weight loss resolution requires time, planning and lots of action items.”

Tell everyone you can. It’s a good idea to at least tell a few friends or family members about your weight-loss plans.

“When you tell other people about your plans, a magical thing happens: You know that your supporters are waiting to hear news of your success, and you don’t want to let them down,” Kern explains.

Some researchers believe that the social element is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. You may even want to consider writing and sharing a blog about your progress.

It’s also a good idea to try to find a dieting or exercise partner (or group of partners), which can as much as double your odds of success, according to health research.

Try personal tech aids. Many gadgets — including thousands of smartphone apps and fitness trackers — can help you lose weight by tracking your diet, calories, exercise and other efforts. Kern recommends the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, which include a built-in heart rate monitor and work with the Jabra Sport Life App.

Use supplements wisely. Kern believes dietary supplements can help drive weight loss. “Science and biotechnology have completely changed the weight loss equation,” she says.

“Plant-based and stimulant-free fat binding supplements like bmiSMART’s I-REMOVE Fat Binder, which contains a patented Litramine fiber complex made from prickly pear cactus, can significantly accelerate results, proffering as much as three times more weight loss than would be achieved through sensibly diet alone — all without jitters and that debilitating ‘caffeine crash.’ ”

Change up your cooking routine. Learning to cook healthier meals can also help you slim down, Kern notes. She likes no-fry cooking appliances that use hot air circulation technology that you to prepare health meals without using cooking oil.

“With a little bit of planning, some monetary motivation, the right gadgets, gear, and some innovative biotech…hopefully the next ‘diet’ you embark upon will actually lead to healthy lifestyle changes and choices that result in sustained weight management for the long-term,” she says.

 

 

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Chances are good that you weigh less now than any other time of year, according to federal statistics. But the bad news is that you're likely gain a least a few pounds over the winter holidays. Here's how to avoid packing on the pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
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