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7 Weight Loss Tips During the Holidays: Resist the Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Pressures

Ah, the holidays! A time for joy, celebration, and making cherished memories. It’s also a time when those extra 15 pounds seem to cling to us like holiday decorations that never quite get put away.

The holiday season, stretching from the first appearance of Halloween candy to the final football feast on New Year’s Day, can be a challenging period for our diets. However, it’s not an inevitable battle lost; there are ways to maintain a healthy weight through the holidays with a few simple (though not always easy) strategies.

Pause and Reflect

Before that third sugar cookie makes its way into your mouth just because it’s there, pause for a moment. Take a breath and consider your choice. Are there healthier options available? Are you genuinely hungry? This brief moment of reflection can be a game-changer during a buffet feeding frenzy.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration often masquerades as hunger. Before reaching for that extra snack, try drinking a glass of water. Staying well-hydrated not only makes you feel better but can also curb your appetite. For a festive twist, add a splash of lemon, lime, or your favorite fruit juice.

Mindful Drinking

Holiday cheer can sometimes be calorie-laden, with wine, beer, and spirits on offer. Too many sweets leaves upset tummies and additional battles to burn off all that sugar. A single spiked eggnog can pack a whopping 400 calories. Consider limiting alcoholic beverages or opting for lower-calorie options during holiday events.

Ramp Up Exercise

Exercise not only helps burn calories but is also an effective stress-reliever. Reduced stress can lead to fewer impulsive eating episodes and less indulgence in calorie-rich cocktails. Post-workout, you’re more likely to savor the sense of achievement rather than give in to the momentary pleasure of a sugar cookie or spiked eggnog.

Healthier Offerings

Whether you’re hosting a gathering or contributing to a potluck, take the opportunity to influence the menu. Many recipes are available for healthier versions of holiday favorites, with reduced sodium, lower fat, and fewer calories. Trimming 100 calories per serving can make a significant difference during weeks of festive indulgence.

Trade Food for…

We often turn to unhealthy food choices as a “reward” for various reasons. Why not replace that temptation with a reward that truly enhances your well-being? Treat yourself to a spa massage or facial, and savor the feeling of looking and feeling great.

Treat Yourself

Don’t deplete your calorie budget with mundane snacks like store-bought cookies and unexciting cheese dip. Opt for healthy eating 95% of the time, allowing you to indulge in your favorite treats without guilt. It’s not about deprivation but management. Whether you’re looking for support during the holidays or preparing for New Year’s resolutions, Bella Vida Medspa can assist you in managing your weight and achieving your goals.

We offer a Supervised Weight Loss Management Program led by Dr. Rick Herold, board certified in emergency medicine and aesthetics expert. Discover Medical Weight Loss at Bella Vida Medspa located in Temecula, CA. With B12 complex injections, you can boost your energy levels and improve your weight loss results. Our approach is tailored and sustainable for long-term success. BioTe Hormone Replacement Therapy helps those struggling to lose weight and are unaware there is a need to replenish unbalanced hormones. Nutritional IV drip therapy helps hydrate and pour in all those missing nutrients. our team can also prescribe weight loss medications such as Ozempic (Semaglutide), and appetite suppressants such as phentermine. 

Let Bella Vida Medspa guide you towards a healthier, happier holiday season by addressing your weight, managing stress, and enhancing your appearance. Our goal is for you to be joyful, stress-free, and, most importantly, satisfied with yourself when the holidays come to a close. Reach out to us to learn more about our intensive medically supervised weight loss program. Schedule your complimentary consultation today! Contact our team at (951) 296-9988 today to schedule a consultation.

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