If you wish to lose weight super fast this holiday season, you are not alone. At Step Ahead Wellness Center for weight loss, our mantra during the holiday season is to to set realistic goals and be sensible about your eating habits. The key is to give into your cravings in a controlled manner. You can sample something of everything, it's just a matter of how much. We will help keep your weight in check over the next six weeks. Enjoy our special feature of holiday recipes, eating tips and exercises that will help you stay on track from Thanksgiving through the new year! Learn more about how you can fast-track your New Year's weight loss resolutions with our special personalized weight loss holiday promotion. Click below.
Holiday Weight Gain Facts: Rumor has it that the average American gains 5 pounds during the holidays, there isn’t a whole lot of science behind that statement. There is a study that shows we actually gain 1 pound, but the same study also shows we never lose that pound. Fast forward 10 years and see how good that looks and feels. The bottom line is make smart food choices, and keep moving. It's a busy, stressful time, but take care of your biggest investment... your health.
HOLIDAY EXERCISE TIP: Burn Calories While You Shop
If you absolutely positively must skip a work out or two over the next several weeks then... Shop 'Til You Drop. One and a half hours of shopping and carrying bags will burn over 100 calories for the average 150 pound person. Additionally, spending one hour wrapping gifts can burn a massive 120 calories. If you choose to wrap all of your gifts in one sitting then you will burn more calories than you'd expect, so get organized and set some time aside to wrap them all in one go.
HOLIDAY RECIPE: Crostini with Creamy Carrot Spread
Ditch the high fat dips in favor of this low calorie creamy dip that is bursting with antioxidants. When it comes to carrots, believe it or not, they're not alway orange. Carrots can be white, yellow, purple or red. Fresh carrots can also be used in this recipe (Arrange in single layer on baking sheet and roast at 425 degrees for 15 minutes covered with aluminum foil, and additional 25 minutes uncovered until golden brown and soft) but steaming frozen carrots cuts cooking time in half!
Recipes makes about 2 cups. Serving size: 2 tablespoons = 70 calories.
1 pound frozen sliced carrots
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup macademia nuts
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of salt & pepper (1/4 teaspoon each)
1. Steam carrots according to package directions. Season with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt & pepper.
2. Place carrots in a food processor along with macademia nuts, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pulse until combined.
3. With the food processor blade running, slowly drizzle in the orange juice and olive oil. The carrots should be creamy and spreadable. Enjoy on whole grain crackers (such as Suzie's quinoa thin cakes, omly 15 calorie each) as a holiday appetizer.
Cheers! Let's kick off a healthy holiday season together!
Dr. Deborah Neiman MD, Sari Greaves, RDN and Noelle Lusardi, CPT
49 U.S. Highway 202 Far Hills, NJ 07931 908-470-2235