Just before I decide to start myself on a diet pill again, I found this really insightful list on how not to gain weight in the coming holidays.

1. Stay active:
One of the major causes of weight gain during the holidays is lack of activity. Time is spent doing holiday errands, which makes us more tired, less motivated, and not wanting to stick to our routine. Best thing to do is stick to your regular schedule! Not only will it help keep weight gain down, it will give you more energy and it will reduce your stress which are both needed to battle the long lines and parking squabbles. Better yet, if you can up your activity, even better! Try walking a few extra laps around the mall. Or an extra 20 minutes on that treadmill.

2. Don’t starve yourself:
One of the most common mistakes people make is to go hungry all day so that they can “afford” the calories later on at the holiday party they will be attending. Big no-no! You will be so hungry by the time you get to the party, that you will forget about any sense of the word moderation or control. You are setting yourself up for a major binge. Make sure to eat your normal (healthy, hopefully) meals and keep your hunger at bay so that you can enjoy the food at the party without going overboard. Another thing to do is have a snack before you go the party. A piece of fruit or something along those lines will keep you somewhat satiated.

3. Don’t let your fat diary go!
If you stick to your normal routine of writing down what you eat, you will be able to monitor your caloric intake better. Go online to www.Philsfatdiaries.com and sign up for your free fat diary. Research shows that people who keep a fat diary actually consume 15% less food than those who do not!

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