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December 9, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Strategies to help avoid common holiday pitfalls

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Tonawanda News — The remedy: The answer is simple: Don’t wait. Find a nutrition plan or a workout program that excites you and start today. You’ll have a great head start going into 2014 and you’ll stand out as the guy/girl who is going against the grain by putting his/her physique first this holiday season.

The bottle(s) of booze

Whether trying to survive your family during Thanksgiving dinner or trying to loosen up enough to bust out your favorite move — AKA the sprinkler — you are much more likely to enjoy a few too many cocktails this time of year. And while that glass of bourbon may make you feel like you are really good enough to be on the next season of “Dancing With The Stars,” you might end up on the “Biggest Loser” instead.

Alcohol has more calories per gram than either protein or carbs. Plus alcohol is what is called a “priority nutrient” meaning that your body will prioritize using it for energy before any other substrate. In other words, all those alcohol calories have to be burned off before any fat loss can start to take place. Makes you think twice about having that sixth Octoberfest or nineth shot of Jameson.

The remedy: Use the tried-and-true trick of having one glass of water for every cocktail you take in. This will not only cut down on the amount of booze you knock back, it will also help you stay hydrated and improve the quality of your sleep.

The bad meal planning strategy

I get it. You’ve been waiting all year for your mom’s famous lumpy mashed potatoes and stuffing. And while your family sits down to the dinner table to say grace all you can think about is how high you are going to pile the good stuff on your plate. It’s no mystery that holiday meals are total calorie bombs. What you may not be sure about is how to go about holding back from that seventh piece of apple pie.

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