Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stuff Those Stockings, Not Yourself: 6 Strategies for Staying Trim This Holiday

Keeping that sleek beach physique or dodging that dreadful holiday weight gain can seem nearly impossible around this time of year. 

Luckily, our Body SymmetryMD wellness squad has a few tips that can help you keep that tummy trim despite the temptations of all that festive fare out there right now.

Here are 6 strategies for staying trim throughout this holiday season:

1. Add extra steps into your routine throughout the day.
See that very last parking spot in the lot, right when you pull into the office? Park there and walk the extra couple hundred yards (you won't break a sweat that easily, so's okay). Oh and that elevator you were going to take to go up one floor for today's weekly team meeting? Pretend it's broken and opt for the stairs instead!

2. Substitute snacks with smarter choices.
Craving a mid-morning snack? Choose the juicy crunch of an apple or veggies with hummus over the empty calories of carb-loaded Cheez-Its. Need a post-lunch pick-me-up? Move away from the macchiato! One 16 oz. serving of sweet coffee drinks like these boasts 34 carbs and 32 grabs of sugar (yikes)! Instead, opt for a cup of antioxidant-rich hot green tea, sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon and a splash of sugar-free caramel syrup. It'll be like having a liquid caramel apple with zero us, you'll love this! 

3. Stay hydrated.
Not only does loading up on H2O help you feel fuller can also aid in digestion, improve your complexion and alleviate headaches! If you're having trouble gulping down enough water, make it more pleasing to the palate by infusing your beverages with cucumber slices, mint leaves or even mandarin orange wedges!

4. Plan ahead.
Have to hit the road early to make an appointment on the other side of town? Wake up 30 minutes earlier to eat breakfast before your commute. Staying at the office later than usual to knock out a month-end project? Pack a cooler full of healthful snacks like cheese cubes, nuts & fresh fruit so you don't somehow end up in front of the break room vending machine after business hours!

5. Skip the sweets.
Sure, avoiding those yummy baked goods your colleague brought to work may be hard to resist, but think about this: Just one 4" square of that decadent delight is loaded with nearly 15 grams of fat, and more than 200 empty calories. It'll take about 20-30 minutes of cardio to burn off that dessert you just demolished... so try to designate time to work out that same day, or simply say no to avoid the remorse (not to mention the gut ache)!

6. Find a weight loss program to help you reach your goals effectively.
Wellness facilities like Body SymmetryMD offer a variety of physician-guided weight management programs as well as body contouring solutions. There's also continuous one-on-one dietary guidance and nutritional support to ensure your personal health goals are realistic and achievable. Enrolling in an effective weight loss program is not only ideal for shedding those excess pounds safely, it's a great way to have accountability throughout your entire waistline-slimming journey.

For more information about our medically supervised weight loss products & services visit our web site or contact us at (844) 277-2444 to get started NOW.

Here's to staying trim & toned this entire holiday season!
--Your Body SymmetryMD Wellness Squad

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