Including the Holidays

The average American gains a pound or more over the holidays (overweight people seem to gain more) and most never looses it.  Win the battle and put some strategies in place. Check out my winning Success tips below.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Begin to plan on what activities you’ll have and the meals you’ll be serving your family and guests. “To fail to plan is to plan to fail. The earlier you start gives you time to plan. Include the children and family members to help you make those plans. It will lighten some steps for you as well as teaching them skills that can be built upon as they become older and more responsible. They also get the welcoming feeling of their contributions.

Planning ahead prevents impulse shopping and impulse eating especially if you managing your weight. When you plan you can add favorite foods through recipe modifications.
Let us remember Thanksgiving is a day for us to take stock, being thankful, give back to your community or those in need.

10 tips that Guarantee Success

1. Menu Plan. Shop for the foods and ingredients that you need for your daily meal plan including 2-3 snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the Thanksgiving dinner, take an inventory of what is served and then cover half your plate with healthy choices such as fruits, vegetables.

2. Keep a record. Writing down everything that you eat is a great way to stay aware of what you are actually taking in.

3.Be patient. People who lose weight quickly have a harder time keeping it off. Research shows a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is healthy and sustainable.

4. Be consistent. Maintaining a consistent diet makes it most likely for you to maintain your weight. Plan for special occasions such as weekends or dining out and get back on the program as soon as possible.

5.Skipping meals. Make time for breakfast. It is the most important meal. People who lose weight and keep it off eat breakfast daily.

6. Drink green tea. Numerous studies show that habitual tea drinkers had lower body-fat percentages and lower waist to hip ratios than sporadic tea drinkers. With almost no calories and a wealth of disease-fighting antioxidants, a morning cup of tea is a smart daily habit.

7. Bulk up. Eating whole grains and high fiber foods take longer to eat, are more filing and less processed and absorbed more slowly keeping your blood sugar stabled.

8. Change your mind-set. Make your new eating and activity habits as sustainable behaviors, (not temporary ones you will practice for losing weight) but ones for a healthy lifestyle to last a lifetime.

9. Don’t buy the anti-carb hype and “quick fixes”. People whose diet includes healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains fruits and vegetables have healthy body composition.

10. Drink a minimum of 8 cups of water.  Water is vital nutrition. You should drink a total of half of your body weight. Water brings nutrient to your cells and it also removes the toxins and waste products from your body.


Start now to implement these tips everyday or the ones that are missing from your list.
Planning prevents unforeseen situations to bring on its own ripples of interruption. You will be aware and more engaged with a better mindset to handle the situation.

Author's Bio: 

Hope Anderson owner of Hope Nutritional Services is a seasoned holistic coach. Her professional background is Food and Nutrition with accreditation in dietetics. Her mission and philosophy centers on providing scientific, evidence based information, products and tools to empower people who seek her counsel on how to live healthy, vibrant lifestyle in preventing at risks diseases. To learn more about Hope Anderson, visit her website: