26. Become a label-reader. Think that breakfast bar you grabbed running out the door is a good choice, just because it has whole oats? Well, not if it also contains high-fructose corn syrup, a laboratory-created substance formulated by adding enzymes to corn syrup after it has been processed from corn starch. HFCS is 55 percent glucose and 42 percent fructose. Read: bad for diet.
27. Ditto that low-carb diet bar with the artificial sweetener. Approach those with caution; some chemical sweeteners have a laxative effect— and your scheduled run isn’t until later on this afternoon. ;-)
29. Buddy up. Enlist your dieting buddy in your joint effort to be the two hottest women at the holiday party this year. Pull Christmas cookies out of each other’s mouths; bring Ziploc bags of carrots to work for each other. Go shopping together for great dresses. See Tip #4.
32. Become familiar with the phrase, “I’ll have a white wine spritzer.” Half the wine, half the calories— and you won’t end up making out with the busboy/waiter/bartender/coat check girl because you got too drunk at the party.
33. Use a smaller plate at the buffet. It holds less; you’ll eat less. You may have to make an extra trip back to the display, but that’s OK— walking is good exercise.
34. Take yourself and the dog for a good long walk after dinner, instead of slouching on the couch in a pumpkin-pie stupor.
35. Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your stomach to register that it’s full. Become a nibbler.
36. Throw a “Healthy Holiday Party.” Ask everyone to bring something; homemade guacamole or salsa with baked whole-grain chips, baby carrots and humus, fresh fruit platters, dry-roasted salt-free pecans, almonds and walnuts, organic white wine.
37. Look for healthier, low-fat alternatives when baking holiday goodies. Try some of the awesome recipes from this website!
38. Walk to the post office at lunchtime to mail that Christmas package. Walk to Starbucks at lunchtime for a hot cup of joe (black or with low-fat milk) or some pomegranate green tea. Walk to that gift shop you never have time to browse in. Lunch hour = walk. Eat turkey on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato, or salad with grilled chicken and balsamic dressing— then, grab your coat and hat and go!
39. Invest in some great workout clothing, some kickin’ dance workouts, and some uplifting “power” music to keep you motivated. Work off stress and burn fat with your new Zumba or Bollywood DVDs; stay focused and visualize as you listen to your “up” music in the car, while walking, or wherever!
40. Always have your gym bag packed and in the trunk/in your desk drawer at work/in your locker. No excuses, no time wasted— no reason to talk yourself out of working out, because, after all— you’re ready!
41. Going out of town for the holidays? Book a room in a hotel that has fitness equipment— and a masseuse, for after the workout.
42. Ask Santa for a gift certificate to a sexy pole-dance exercise class— and a red feather boa!
43. In fact, while you’re making out that holiday list, tailor it to fit your upcoming New Year’s resolutions and include new walking or running shoes, gym bag, mountain bike, sporty exercise outfits, and a few DVDs for stocking stuffers!
44. Jump for joy with a jump rope! Burn almost 700 calories an hour!!
45. Be a kid again and swivel your hips with a hula-hoop! Work it for half an hour and knock off 200 calories with a standard hoop, and up to 400 with a weighted hoop.
46. Add jump ropes and hula hoops to your holiday wish list!
47. Did I mention protein? Well, make sure you have some at each meal. Protein keeps you sated. Grilled chicken made at home with fresh herbs: good. Fast-food french fries, saturated in questionable fat source, grabbed on the run after holiday shopping and subsequently missing lunch: bad.
48. Make your new watchword “homemade.” This way, you control the ingredients and preparation, the freshness and portions.
49. Be nice to yourself. Serve that lovely white fish, sautéed in ¼ cup water, with a splash of white wine, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, dashes of turmeric, black pepper and cayenne, on a lovely china plate, with a lemon wedge beside it. Toss a side salad in a light sesame seed vinaigrette. Pour a chilled 5-ounce glass of organic white wine, and light a taper candle. Bon apetit!
50. Log on to fitnessrxwomen.com and for support, advice, and to brainstorm more ideas to prevent weight gain this holiday season!