Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Weighing in on those holiday pounds.

You've all heard that the worst time of the year for weight gain is the Holiday Season - Thanksgiving through Christmas. It has been reported that the average gain this time of year is about 5 lbs., that's crazy!
If this is the case, let's try something new this year. What if we went into the Holidays as if we were playing a video game or even shopping: avoiding the exploding artichoke dip, smoking-out the hidden calories in the stuffed mushrooms, and win/score by finding the "great deals" within a shrimp cocktail, or veggie plate..
I tell my clients if you are uncertain of the food at the event, be on the safe side and snack on some veggies or a little salad before you go (hopefully, you will be more likely to be pickier about the appetizers that you'll eat).  Also, consider your beverages, wine has 106 calories for a 5 oz pour, beer has 146, and a vodka and soda has 150 calories.  Knowing that, alternate your wine with water if you want to save room for the pie.
Of course exercise is the answer if you want to eat and NOT gain weight!  My tip - add an extra day of interval cardio when there are a lot of events to go to.  It will help to keep the metabolism up, reduce stress, and reduce the guilt of an extra glass of wine or longer stay at the buffet table.
Have a Healthy Holiday Season!
In the Best of Health,
Karrie D
Try this PRO's Tip: 15 minutes of intervals on the elipitical, bounce to the treadmill and do 15 minutes there, and then finish with the jump rope, you'll burn more calories and keep your fat burning into the night!
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