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Old 11-28-2009, 05:19 AM   #11
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You must be kidding if you are really serious of going on a diet on holidays. I love eating food and having holidays, I can't stop myself from having good food. And it would often result in my weight getting increased by a few Kgs. So, i am really doubtful if you can really go on that diet during holidays
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:29 AM   #12
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You must be kidding if you are really serious of going on a diet on holidays. I love eating food and having holidays, I can't stop myself from having good food. And it would often result in my weight getting increased by a few Kgs. So, i am really doubtful if you can really go on that diet during holidays
Yes dieting is very possible during the holidays BUT only if you are committed to the process and focused on your goals.
You can always find dozens of reasons any time of year to not start new habits or not quit drinking,overeating,smoking etc.
You need to be totally commited and do it one meal or hour at a time.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:06 PM   #13
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I'm with those who say they aren't going to get uptight about eating over the holidays, but I do it with a caveat: I try my best not to skip an exercise class, but even more so make it a part of the tradition to take a walk after a big meal. Instead of driving around to see the holiday decorations, walk and talk. I've spent holidays in Hawaii and in Florida and in Virginia, and all three places we took beach walks after the heavy meal. Here I have a hard time getting people to get on the bandwagon for it ("Oh, no, let's drive" for walks that aren't difficult or long). But you can start with, "OK, I'm taking a walk, anyone want to join me?"

For those of us who truly love food, thinking that we're going to diet our way through the holidays, or make certain dishes without the special ingredients that make them, well, special ... well it isn't going to happen. In my experience the anxiety that comes with knowing you blew it just makes you eat more. So, to me it is enjoy, but keep moving. And I don't care what anyone says, cleaning house and cooking don't burn a single calorie (yeah, I know, I know ... but somehow I know many, many families where the couch potato members are thin and the run up and downstairs, cook the food, do the laundry and dishes members have weight issues).

The walk theory has a large, very positive, side effect. Even when the weather sucks, getting out for a bit every day, on your feet, staves off depression, a really terrible side effect of holidays.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:29 PM   #14
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I really don't do anything different except... before I sit down to eat, I dirnk a full glass of water. About 12 oz. Then I just eat as useal and don't over stuff myself. Over stuffing yourself does not give time for your brain to say "HEY STOP IM FULL" it takes about 20 mins for this to occur...so if your slamming food for 20mins...yeah...your gonna be over loaded and it's all going to get stored as fat.

Glass of water, same portions, eat slower...give brain time to react... you'll be good as golden. :)

Merry Christmas! :)
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:47 PM   #15
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I would "NEVER" discourage anyone from getting a little more exercise as there many wonderful benefits from such activities. That being said, it is pretty much of a myth that you can walk off that big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

A few eye-opening exercise facts. A very general rule of thumb is that you burn about 100 calories per mile walked. There is quite a bit of variation depending upon how much you weigh and how fast you walk/run; but a 100 pound person who plods along at 2 MPH will burn about 60 calories per mile while a 300 pound individual who is moving it at 5 MPH will burn about 220 calories per mile. To put those figures in terms we can all relate to, the 100 pounder will have to walk for 2-1/4 hours to burn off a Milky Way candy bar and about half that long to burn off a 12 oz. can of Coke. The 300 pounder has to run for about 15 minutes to work off that same candy bar and about 8 minutes to "do" the Coke. Scary, huh?? And don't forget that a single slice of Grandma's pecan pie probably has about "TWICE" the calories of the candy bar!!!!! (I ride my bicycle for an hour and a half every day and that is good for only about one pound per week of weight loss.)

Bottom line is that it is a "LOT" easier to not eat something than it is to work it off after it is in the tummy!!

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Do go out for that after-dinner walk; but, if you are serious about losing some weight, be sure to push away from the table after that first piece of pie!!
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:30 PM   #16
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Randy----

How does one do this "pushing" thing when pie is involved? LOL I Liked what you said! Have a Merry Christmas!
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