With the holiday season comes family, fun and food. For some people celebrating leads to overeating and adding on unwanted weight.
When it comes to losing holiday weight, the experts say there’s no one way to do it. Stephanie Sisk runs the weight management program at Stormont Vail.
“I tell people whatever you do, you have to do forever,” Sisk said. “So don’t go on some extreme diet where you’re cutting out all the foods you love. We want to do something more in moderation.”
She said portion control and choosing healthier options is a good start, and then slowly add in exercise.
“So maybe it’s ten minutes here, fifteen minutes there. It doesn’t need to be an hour at the gym every single day, because then we’ll start to see burnout and it’s unhealthy, people start to yo-yo diet,”Sisk said.
Alissa Platz manages Colaw Fitness in Toeka. Platz said weight loss goals are exactly why they’re here.
“We’re just here to help people wherever they are in their fitness journey, whatever step that is, we’re here to help them push on to the next step,” Platz said.
No matter what your goals are, Platz said at Colaw they try to make it easy for people to start. They’re open 24 hours and offer deals on membership.
“Show up, come on in,” Platz said. “Our membership, you keep it as low as $5 if you come in 12 or more days that month. Then you only get charged $5 for the month.”
Sisk said that the most important thing is to be realistic about what you want, and patient about getting there.
“So many times people are looking for a 10 pound or 20 pound loss in a month, and when they don’t hit that they feel like they’ve failed,” Sisk said. “That’s completely a bad way of looking at it. What we need to be looking at for a healthy progressive weight loss is about half a pound to two pounds a week.”
With New Year’s Eve coming up, Platz recommended going for wine and low calorie beer instead of sugary cocktails.