Thursday, November 20, 2008

Holiday Dieting Cheat Sheet

“Are you overweight? Have you just lost weight? With the holidays here, watch out. It is not going to be easy. A recent study conducted by Brown Medical School and reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology found that people who were formerly overweight, even though they exercised more and paid more attention to weight and eating during the holidays, still gained weight. Imagine if they didn't pay attention! According to Hollie Raynor, Ph.D., R.D., a psychologist at University of Tennessee and study co-author, ;There are more temptations around that encourage eating, so putting things in place to minimize the temptations is important -- and if they were not there, the holidays could be even more challenging.’ Here is a ‘cheat sheet’ to help you get a jump-start on that New Year's resolution. If there was ever a time to increase your exercise, it's now. Try going to the mall a few times a week - just to walk. Join a gym for the month. Even if you're visiting family, make sure to investigate a month- or week-long membership. The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Passport Program gives members of participating IHRSA clubs guest privileges at over 3,000 clubs worldwide. Find a club by going to Have a bit of extra cash? Hire a personal trainer three days a week for the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Look for someone who is certified by one or more of the following organizations: American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). See if you can work a deal that gives you 20 sessions for $1,000. This could be the best holiday gift you ever give yourself. Plus, if you prepay the trainer you'll be less likely to cancel the sessions. There's nothing like money to get us motivated.”

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