Thursday, November 22, 2012

Battle of the Bulge : How to Enjoy Thanksgiving AND Stay Slim
   by Bob Wells, CPT, PES

Thanksgiving is seen as a time to get together with family and friends, and celebrate with a festive meal. This meal can probably best be described as excessive. The inordinate amounts of turkey, stuffing, and desserts that we intend to, and eventually do consume, often send us into a downward spiral of poor diet choices, culminating with our 'completely falling off the wagon'.

We subsequent rely on the turning of the calendar page and the accompanying New Year's resolutions to shed the excess weight and get back into the swing of living a healthier lifestyle.

Such fallacious thinking can have dire consequences, both physically and psychologically. As our weight creeps up, we feel powerless to stop it, resulting in the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting. However, the‘Battle of the Bulge’ requires proactive and sensible strategies that ensure compliance and success.

Here are a few tips from some successful personal trainers:

1. Cheat yourself. Dave Meza, a trainer in California, says that one strategy he uses with his clients is to make “[Thanksgiving] a cheat day.” Meza also advises his clients to “keep caloric intake under 4,000 calories and avoid seconds and alcohol.”
2. Go slow. “Just eat slow,” says Jared Glenn, a former professional boxer. Glenn explains that, “If you eat slowly, you end up eating less, since you feel fuller sooner. By using this strategy, you don’t have to eliminate foods, and can enjoy all of your favorites.”
Courtesy: The Guardian
3. Empty the tank.  Herman Soto, a Tier 3+ trainer at Equinox, advises his clients to work out before their meal. Soto says, “…by depleting energy reserves and simultaneously ramping up your metabolism, you will need to replenish the depleted stores." This is where your Thanksgiving meal, in all its glory, comes into play. You can eat guilt free, knowing you've earned this meal.

Holidays, like Thanksgiving, should be about spending quality time with family and loved ones, not fretting over what you can or can't eat. Use the strategies of these great trainers, and this Thanksgiving can be one of your best--devoid of guilt, and full of good memories and good times.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!!!

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