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When Faced with Holiday Over-indulgence Just Say Ho-Ho-NO!

The holidays are upon us, and if you are not careful, you can expect 5 to 15 pounds of extra fat to be upon you as well, warns James Villepigue, a certified trainer and author of the best-selling books The Body Sculpting Bible For Men and The Body Sculpting Bible For Women.

"These festive times can be a bit stressful, including when it comes to telling the host of a holiday party, 'No, thank you.' We become very uncomfortable when it comes to possibly disappointing the people we care about, even if it means hurting ourselves instead."

Villepigue offers these simple and effective tactics to help you moderate your calorie intake this holiday season:

- Be Aware Of Your Choices
Just thinking about what and how much you consume can make all the difference in the world. By putting extra thought into your eating patterns, you can at least avoid any weight gain during the holiday season.

- Eat Smaller Meals More Frequently
Rather than overindulge on one huge meal, eat smaller portions more often. Enjoy a healthy, low calorie snack before you leave the house, so when you arrive you don't dive into the chips and dip.

- Avoid Consuming Large Amounts Of Fats, Sugar, And Baked Goods
Foods like mashed potatoes, pies, cookies and bread are often the culprits responsible for the huge holiday weight gain. Innocent-looking eggnog can pack on the calories. Try eating more fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish.

- Blame Your Diet Plan
To avoid insulting your hosts, tell them that you're on a weight reduction points system and that if you go over you'll be charged a substantial forfeit by your diet center.

- Drink Alcohol Moderately
At 7 calories per gram, alcohol is highly caloric, second only to fats. Not only can a couple of drinks add several hundred calories to your meal, it can affect your ability to make good food choices.

- Keep Working Out
Weight-training has been proven to be one of the best ways to burn calories and build lean muscle tissue. Make sure you continue to work out at least 2-3 times a week to help you maintain your condition and avoid putting on any body fat.

"The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy." Villepigue concludes. "Nobody's saying that you have to deprive yourself, just make sure you stay in control. The name of the game is moderation without deprivation. If you find yourself being pressured by the bulge bullies, take my advice and just say Ho Ho No!"


James Villepigue is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and nationally recognized authority on health and exercise. He lives in the New York City area. His recent books are The Body Sculpting Bible For Men and The Body Sculpting Bible For Women.

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last update: March 2006

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