Battling The Bulge This Holiday Season


By Sam Jones
By Ben Jeffords

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season can be bad news for your waistline.

Experts offer some simple ways to avoid putting on the pounds between now and New Years.

Gold's Gym Owner Shane Smith says the key is to prepare early.

"We always say I'm gonna start Monday or next week. So for once put
your foot down. Say I'm gonna start today," he enthused.

Food is often a focus for holiday parties. Smith suggests drinking plenty of water and eating lots of protein before events.

"Don't go back for seconds. Fill that plate once, don't go back and watch for food pushers," advised Smith.

The gym was packed Wednesday night with many regulars in to get their fix, all with different strategies.

"The key is, it has to be your lifestyle. You have to have a routine and you just stick with it. I'm 51 years old and I've been doing this a long, long time," Kimberly Turk said.

She works out daily and is in great shape. Even Turk isn't afraid to indulge.

"I pretty much eat what everyone else eats, I just keep it smaller," she said.

Others like Sean St. James have apprehensions about sticking to routines over holidays, but it won't stop him from enjoying traditions.

"I only get the holiday food a couple times a year so I'm gonna make the most of it. I'll just come in the gym extra half hour longer, run more," said St. James, "I'll kinda try to work it off. Rather than just cut back on the food."

Smith says everyone has to find the routine that works for them.

"You can't outwork food. We're all gonna have those life moments where you eat too much or drink too much. It's going to happen. The good thing is your body doesn't expect you to be perfect," Smith said.

A few more pieces of advice: look into healthier recipes for your holiday dishes and avoid snacks at work.
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