Avoiding winter weight gain

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3 easy steps to prevent winter weight gain this holiday season:

Sherry Torkos examines the best stress reducers, immune booster and ways to trim those pounds from our holidays. Torkos has devised a three-step plan for preventing the pounds from piling on over the holidays, reduce stress and boost immunity.

Trim the fat from your next holiday meal

  • Have a full glass of water before your meal (visuals)

  • Eat slowly - give your belly a chance to send the message to your brain that you are full

  • Fill up on greens (beans, broccoli, salad) because these foods are high in nutrients and low in calories

  • Choose sweet potatoes over mashed potatoes because they are higher in fiber and lower in the glycemic index

  • Go easy on the dinner rolls and stuffing - high in glycemic index and calories

  • Minimize adding butter and gravy - both contain lots of calories from fat

  • Choose apple pie (227 calories) over pecan pie (650 calories); avoid the whip cream (40 calories/tbsp)

  • Drink green tea after dinner instead of coffee
Stay active even when you are pressed for time and don't want to spend money at the gym
  • Do a 10 minute power walk outdoors, or 10 minute marching or stair climbing indoors

  • Follow with 20 leg lunges, 20 push-ups, 20 squats and then repeat this sequence twice (15 minutes). These exercises work multiple muscle groups so that you are getting the most out of your time, plus they don't require specialized equipments because you are using your own body weight as resistance

  • Spend five minutes stretching (top to bottom) - this will also ease the holiday stress and tension which accumulates in our muscles
Add these top supplements to help prevent winter weight gain, reduce stress and boost your immunity

  • Fiber - through food or supplements - helps to keep us feeling full so we are less likely to overeat; also stabilizes blood sugar levels which is important for both emotional and physical well-being (Visuals of differnt dietary fibers in breads fiber bars vegetables and whole grains)

  • Carb Neutralizer - an extract of the white bean that may reduce the digestion of starches (foods high in starches include bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta); take 20 minutes before high starch meals

  • Green tea - boosts metabolism and aids digestion; good source of antioxidants; a great substitute for coffee

    About Sherry Torkos:

    Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, and certified fitness instructor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992 and practices holistic pharmacy in the Niagara region of Ontario.

    As a leading health expert, she has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad. Sherry has authored 14 books, including The Benefits of Berries, The Canadian Encyclopedia for Natural Medicine, The Glycemic Index Made Simple, Winning at Weight Loss and Breaking the Age Barrier.

    >> Buy this book on Amazon: The Glycemic Index Made Simple: Control Your Glucose, Lose Weight and Optimize Health

    For more informartion, visit www.sherrytorkos.com

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