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5 Tips to Keep Off the Weight at the Holiday Dinner Table!

by Corey Carter

Your body evolved to shut down during cold weather to preserve energy.  Which worked awesome for cavemen, but sucks for you.  Here are 5 tips to help keep off the pounds this Holiday Season:

1.  Exercise.  Any exercise will work.  Plus, since it's cold out, you'll probably move faster.  Also - if you get up and move (exercise) AFTER you eat, you'll raise your metabolism and lower your blood pressure. FIGHT THE TRYPTOPHAN....don't take a nap after the big meal! :) 

2.  Eating foods that are "in-season".  Things such as squash now are "in-season" and help rev the metabolism also

3.  Eat spices.  If you like it HOT, try some cayenne pepper in your stuffing, or add extra cinnamon to your dishes...or even garlic.  Supposedly, they raise your metabolic rate. 

4.  Enact the "15 Minute Rule."  Wait 15 minutes before you get up for a second plate...or even desert.  Sometimes it takes awhile for your brain to tell you you're full, so this way you'll be less likely to overeat.  (Although who eats on Thanksgiving because they are HUNGRY?!?!  It's because it TASTES good!!)

5.  Don't beat yourself up.  Stress causes your metabolism to slow down, so give yourself a break.  Some people gain between five and eight pounds between November and January.  But when the weather warms up, they drop it. 

By Miia Ranta from Finland (Christmas dinner table  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons