A monthly column on diet, exercise and my weight loss journey.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and now – let’s talk about weight loss. Tough transition isn’t it?  You know, all of us need a cheat day, every now and then, during dieting – and it just so happens that this month has a lot of them 

But for the days, we aren’t cheating – here’s a few things to remember to help you avoid the gluttony and the guilt that follows.

• Before you eat, ask yourself if you are truly hungry. If not, do something else. If you’re bored, take a walk or exercise.

• Eat slowly, socialize and enjoy when you eat.

• Remember, all foods can fit, but moderation is the key.

• Be realistic: if you eat a lot of snacks, the following meal should be lighter.

• Focus on family and friends, not on the menu.

• Take a daily walk to burn calories and reduce stress.

• Modify recipes to be more healthy.

• Take small portions of food; wait before you go back for seconds.

• Remember, you are in control.

And with that, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and remember, if you need help on your weight loss journey, connect with the professionals that help me, Dr. Lodge and the staff at Cool Springs MD.  

This monthly column is a two-way street.  I would love to hear from you.  What has helped you lose weight?  Any tips you would like to share?  I welcome your feedback, thoughts and ideas and look forward to sharing them in a future article.  You can email me at [email protected]  or feel free to call me during my live radio show – weekdays between 3 pm – 7 pm on 94 FM The Fish. (800) 826-3637

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