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Let Reindeer Pull the Weight, Not You This Holiday Season

By Joanne Sgro-Killworth HERWriter
 
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this holiday season let the reindeer pull the weight, not you
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So you may be “Dashing” to the store, “Prancing” all over town and “Dancing” as the holiday party “Vixen.” But, it is this hustle and bustle that gives your diet a good lickin’. I’m talking devouring hors d’oeuvres, chomping on chocolate, and lapping up luscious liquids.

So, what can you do to stay in control and not have to“Don” your Spanx to fit into your little holiday dress?

For one, aim high like a reindeer and plan to work out every day. Then if you cannot make it to the gym or get asked out for a last minute happy hour, you won’t feel guilty.

The Cleveland Clinic agrees, stating, “To burn off those extra calories, kick up your exercise. If you exercise for 30 minutes a day, increase it to 45 minutes. If you exercise three times a week, move it up to five times a week.”

And for those not so discreet holiday treats they say, “One way is the one-a-day method. Allow yourself one small serving of a cookie or piece of candy each day during the holiday season.”

At the buffet put a little, not a lot, of the foods you love on your “Cupid”-colored plate. The reason, according to an article on Boston.com, is that seeing red could have you eating less.

The article cited an abstract in the journal Appetite. “The authors hypothesized that the color red may elicit an avoidance reaction through socially and culturally learned habits, such as a red traffic light or flashing red alert.”

Or think about Rudolph’s nose for that matter! Think “Red Solo Cup” for soda, too as the study suggests it works when bottoms up!

The “Color of Love” could also help you see your cup or glass half full not half-way to the bottom.

“Pouring red wine rather than white wine, into a clear glass, may make it easier for you to keep your wine portion, and associated calories, in check,” an article on Boston.com reported.

Size, shape and how you hold your drinking implement that is, is also of equal importance not proportions. Boston.com suggested using tall rather than wide wine glasses, and to not hold the glass when you pour the wine.

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