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Dec 3, 2015

Healthy Living asks how not to pack on the pounds over the holidays

When Christmas time comes around, none of us want to hear the dreaded “D” word….DIET. But, with the abundance of savory and sweet treats available, it’s hard not to derail from your attempts at healthier living. So is it possible to have a bit of indulgence without packing on holiday pounds? That’s we try to find out in tonight’s Healthy Living.

 

Marleni Cuellar reporting

The only weight watching we expect at Christmas time is watching our weight grow. But according to Health & Fitness coach, Ed Williams, it does not have to be that way. He says research proves that people tend to gain 1-3 pounds over the holidays but he has some easy tips on how the beat the fat without missing out on your favorites. Surprisingly, his first tip is a reminder to eat.

 

Ed Williams, Health & Fitness coach

Ed Williams

“One you want to manage hunger. Hunger is your enemy over the holidays. If you’re going to a party, eat something. You are out of control. Hunger does three things to you. One it makes you lose your ability to be selective about what you eat, two you always overeat and three it signals your ability to store fat. So all these three things are working against you. Eat in a timely manner, small portions throughout the day. Don’t be so caught up in work that you forget to eat and then before you know it you’re very hungry and then everything looks good! And when you get the time to really eat and then your eyes become bigger than your stomach.”

 

The easiest way to avoid hunger is to have a combination of small meals and snacks throughout the day.  His second tip is to avoid dehydration.

 

Ed Williams

“Drink plenty of water. Hydration. When you’re dehydrated, your body goes into a state of emergency. What most people don’t know is that they like to wait until they are thirsty to drink water; when you’re thirsty your body is already dehydrated. Your body goes into emergency survival mode and it will make your body inaccessible to you and then it’s going to try to store more. It locks down the body fat and then it tries to store more. It’s in that mode. Also water tends to fill you up. And a lot of people don’t know that thirst can feel like hunger. One thing to do if you’re hungry is to drink a glass of water and maybe the hunger will go away but if you’re still hungry then maybe you’re really hungry.”

 

Williams says to remember to control your alcohol intake. Not only will it lessen your inhibition when choosing foods; but it’s also high in calories. And of course, healthy living must include exercise.

 

Ed Williams

“Let’s say this weekend I’m going to visit my aunt and there will be lots of food or you’re really going to have a weekend where it’s going to be challenging because there’s going to be lots of food or whatever. The way you can prepare for that is if you do a depletion workout. The muscles are like sponges they have glycogen in them and that’s the source of quick energy. Now when we do a depletion exercise, we squeeze this glycogen out of our muscle. That’s why we call it depletion. It has to be intense though. So, the muscles are like sponges, so when you take take glycogen out they have capacity to take more. So when you go on your binge. You can eat free because all the calories will go to replenish your muscles instead of storing them around your waist.”

 

In addition to these tips, he suggests adding what he calls metabolism revving foods like beans, apples, carrots, yogurt and even peanut butter. He’s compiled a list of do’s and don’ts in an e-book for free. You can access that information at www dot holidayfatbusterformula dot com.

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