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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

How to Stick to Your Weight Loss Goals During the Holidays


Posted November 28, 2018 in Liposuction, Tummy Tuck

For many of us, the holidays are our favorite time of year: the family gatherings, the parties, the days off work, and, of course, the food. While we may love the idea of being bombarded with sweet treats and large savory meals, our physiques don’t respond quite as well, and we may be finishing the holiday season wishing we had done things a little differently. It is for this reason that so many New Year’s resolutions involve some form of weight loss (even if those goals are simply to get your pre-holiday physique back). Instead of resolving to lose weight after the holidays, why not attempt to stick your weight loss plan throughout the holiday season?

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Plan Ahead

At this point in the year, you are sure to already have plans for holiday festivities. Believe it or not, sticking to your weight loss goals during this time is easier than you may imagine. It all starts with proper preparation and organization. If you know that you have a large holiday gathering over the weekend, be mindful of what you eat and how much you exercise in the days before and after that gathering. Focus on eating more vegetables and lean protein, skip desserts or late-night snacks, and add a couple of minutes to your workout routine. As with all things, moderation is key when it comes to holiday foods. Deep down, you already know what is healthy and what is not. When possible, take the healthier option, even if it doesn’t seem as satisfying in the moment. While that final piece of pie may taste delicious right now, that feeling will soon pass, and you may be left with a sense of regret.

Be Sensible

Whether you are spending the holidays with a family who loves to cook or are participating in a company potluck, you are often faced with plates that are larger than you need. What they say is true, your eyes are bigger than your stomach. One of the best ways to reach your weight loss goals is understanding when enough is enough. It’s important to eat until you are satisfied, not until you are stuffed, which will only make you feel sick in the short run and harm your weight loss goals in the long run. Sticking to your diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays. Take part and enjoy every minute of the season, just be mindful of your choices.

Healthy Diets Are Not Just for the Holidays

While a healthy diet is beneficial during the holidays, it’s important to remember that this is not the only time of year to think about what you are eating. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, meaning the combination of a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, you will notice continuous benefits year-round.

Even Healthy People Can Benefit From Cosmetic Procedures

While making smart food and exercise choices during and after the holidays can be hugely beneficial to both your health and your appearance, it is not always enough to get your physique to where you want it to be. Even the most devoted individuals can struggle to remove that last bit of fat from their abdomen or hips. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to get you to where you want to be, cosmetic procedures such as liposuction or a tummy tuck can be that missing piece. Whether you are looking for minor improvements or a more dramatic transformation, the perfect procedure is out there for you.

If you are interested in liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, contact. Dr. Taranow by calling (212) 992-2100 to set up a consultation.