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Don't Let the Holidays Derail Your Weight Loss.

Thanksgiving is in a couple days and with the holiday season just around the corner that means one thing—food, food and more food.

My most successful patients, who lose weight despite the holidays have one thing in common: preparation with flexibility.

1. Plan Meals, Grocery Shopping and Cooking Once a Week

Reviewing your schedule for the week will help figure out where and when you’ll be eating meals, what foods you’ll need, and how much time you need to cook. Limit your options so you don't feel overwhelmed. Seeing a registered dietitian for a personalized meal plan will simplify the process.

2. Organize Your Surroundings Living or working in a chaotic environment can be very stressful. If the kitchen is a mess or there are no healthy food options in the fridge, you’re putting yourself at an unnecessary disadvantage. To be successful, prioritize getting your home under control. Star with your refrigerator, clear out junk food and replace them fruits and vegetables that you enjoy eating.

3. Schedule Your Workouts the Same Way You Schedule your doctors appointments Pick a specific time during the week to review your calendar for the days ahead and schedule your workouts accordingly. And then actually go—no matter what.

Managing your weight during the holidays is like athletic training—you condition yourself to do it every day. The idea is as your actions become habit, they will eventually become fixed. For example brushing your teeth before bed or taking a medication in the morning. You don't think about it, you just do it.

Successful patients organize their lives and put nutrition, exercise and other healthy habits on par with the other aspects of daily life.

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