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6 Tips from Curves to Stay on Track During Holidays

Here are six tips from Curves of Douglasville to stay on track and learn how to stay in shape while still enjoying the holiday season.

Credit: CDC
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While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, with cooler weather, family gatherings and delicious foods, they can also be a minefield for those looking to maintain their weight-loss and fitness goals.  Katie
Mitchell, director of fitness, and Amanda Turner, registered dietitian
(RD), with Curves International, Inc. offer the following tips to help
stay on track with food and health goals:

1.)  Eat before you go to a party: Never go to a party hungry. Eating a
high-fiber or protein-based snack like a turkey rollup and an apple will
help fill you up and ensure your blood sugar levels stay consistent –
preventing over indulgence in calorie-laden party foods.  Simply take 4
oz. of turkey slices and 2 tsp. of whole grain mustard, spread the mustard
on the turkey, roll and enjoy!  Slice up an apple if you are still hungry.
Once at the party, make sure to drink a glass of water before you grab a
plate.

2.)  Bring your own healthy item: When you are invited to a party, take a
healthy dish with you. This will ensure there is at least one healthy food
option at the party.

3.)  Measure your portions: Using measuring cups and spoons, rather than
eye-balling and guessing, will help with portion control.  If you are out
and about and can’t measure, use these basic measurement estimators: A
fist = 1 cup, palm sized = approximately 4 oz. of a meat portion, deck of
cards = 3 oz. of meat, tip of thumb = 1 tbsp, tip of pinky = 1 tsp, tennis
ball= 1 fruit serving, golf ball sized = 2 tbsp.

4.) Keep a food diary: Keeping a food diary, either online or in a
journal, can help you keep track of your weight-loss goals. In fact, some
research has shown that those who keep a food journal lose up to twice as
much weight. Recording your food intake can also help you think twice
about that extra serving of mashed potatoes at dinner. Be sure to enter
your food intake online right after a meal or event.

5.)  Avoid liquid calories: Liquid calories do not satisfy your hunger as
much as solid foods. It is best to choose calorie-free beverages like
water, unsweetened-tea, black coffee, and seltzer water for beverages. If
you plan to drink alcohol, limit yourself to one 5 oz. glass of wine, a 12
oz. beer, or a small cocktail with 1 oz. of liquor.  If you prefer mixed
drinks, try a calorie free mixer like soda water with lemon or lime
wedges, crystal light, or diet options rather than regular options.

6.) Add activity: Look for efficient and effective workouts.  Seek a
fitness program that combines strength training with cardio – you need it
all in order to protect and increase muscle, burn fat, strengthen the
heart and lungs, and promote flexibility.  Check out clubs like Curves for
a 30–minute, full-body workout, plus ideas for meal plans, support and
motivation.

“While we are here for our members year-round, we know how hectic and
tempting the holiday season can be.  At Curves, our members can get the
help they need to stay on track with their weight-loss and fitness goals,”
said Curves of Douglasville owner. “In particular, Curves Complete offers
weekly check-ins to help keep members accountable to a Coach and to
themselves, which we know to be a valuable tool for success.”

For more information about Curves of Douglasville, located at 3228 Hwy 5,
contact a Curves of Douglasville staff member at 770-489-0031 or
97PTE4ML@curvesmail.com.  For more information about Curves, please visit
www.curves.com.

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