Weatherford Democrat

Top News

December 15, 2013

EXTENSION NEWS: Maintain, don’t gain, over holidays

By KATHY SMITH

Many of you may have lost weight during this year or you may not. Often during the holidays it is a challenge to make sure you maintain and not gain.

It is not easy to lose weight and especially keep the weight off. Experts continue to examine why that is. Some cite a lack of emphasis on maintenance in weight-loss programs; others believe biology plays a stronger role, blaming significant changes in metabolism during and after weight loss. Those changes make it often a constant battle to not regain what you lost.

Despite the challenges, there is hope. Here are some ideas that could help you attain your no weight gain goal during this month:

• Plan and know what you are planning to encounter. There may be a lot of temptations to indulge in, especially treats. Try to counter these temptations by keeping positive reminders of the results you have had and resist the urge. For example, post pictures of the new you on the refrigerator, at your desk, inside your pantry.

• Know your temptations and what can trigger the urge to indulge. Sometimes it may be specific times of the day that you have trouble resisting snack foods such as fudge, and dips. If you have difficulty when you are home alone, ask someone to call you or text you each night for the next few weeks with a reminder to stay on course. Support can go a long way.

• Think about tactics you have used in the past and renew those efforts: Keep celery and carrots in the refrigerator to fill up on before you go to a party.

Brush your teeth after every meal. Park the farthest from the office or shopping center to add steps to your day. Think about what works for you and make the decision to do it.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results