or keeping your blood sugars down, you’re going to have to continue to monitor yourprogress—and follow your program of eating right and staying physically active, eventhrough the holidays.2.
Pencil it in
. Stick to your usual schedule during the holidays
. To the extent that youcan, don’t mess up your usual routine (e.g. IT six days a week, etc.), which might allowyou “permission” to stray from your goals.3.
Weigh to go.
A recent study in the
New England Journal of Medicine
found that dailyweighing was the key to keeping weight off. The study found that those who weighedthemselves every day were 82 percent less likely to regain weight they had lost. Themain factor here is not the weighing alone – “Hey, look, I gained another five pounds!Pass the rum balls!” – but your
willingness to make daily adjustments
based on what thescale tells. We encourage you to weigh yourself daily, even over the holidays, and usethis information to motivate you to go for an extra stroll, refrain from quite so muchsnacking, and limit your portion sizes, especially during the evening meal. If, like manypeople, you don’t believe in daily weighing, consider weighing yourself weekly, at least,and make adjustments accordingly.4.
. We suggest you limit celebrations to one-day events—and whatever youdo, don’t keep leftovers around! Give food away, send it home with someone else, and if you have to, don’t be afraid to dump it. Remember:
all excess food goes to either to“waste” or to “waist.”
You decide which. Studies show that the more side dishes andlittle bowls of leftovers you bring out of the refrigerator, the more you will eat
. Youreating the extra food or keeping it temptingly around won’t help a starving childanywhere.