Liquidate Unwanted Pounds This Holiday Season:
The Liquidation Diet
By Dale Anderson, M.D.
person gains seven to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As if that weren’t bad enough, according to a report in The New
England Journal of Medicine, most people don’t ever lose the
weight they put on during the holidays. Repeat this cycle over a
three-year time period, and you could be carrying an additional 30
alarming news, because currently 60 percent of the U.S. population
is overweight, and 30 percent are classified as obese. Being
overweight has become a huge health problem for our country – a
serious drain on our medical finances and work productivity.
Additionally, those who are overweight die sooner. Think about it …
how many overweight or obese people do you see in their 80s and 90s?
pounds are often the behind-the-scenes culprit contributing to
diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, fatigue, and muscle
weakness. And being overloaded with too much weight contributes to
almost all orthopedic problems, especially pain and stiffness in the
back and lower extremities. Since you can’t drive a Mac truck on
Volkswagen tires and ethanol, you need to stop the holiday weight
gain before it begins … and if you’re already a victim of the
holiday bulge, you need to remove the excess weight tastefully,
slowly and sensibly.
you may be thinking. “I can’t resist that holiday eggnog or Aunt
Sally’s pumpkin pie. And I’ve tried just about every diet under the
Unfortunately, people often interpret the word “diet” to mean
deprivation, punishment and failure. The true meaning of the word
“diet” is Greek for “a way of life.” Therefore, we all need to
banish diets and focus on our way of life – especially during the
holiday season. So, stop buying into the fad diets, save your money
and simply liquidate now.
Liquidation Way of Life:
Fortunately, there is an easy way to keep those excess holiday
pounds off and lose the ones you’ve already accumulated. Quite
simply, stop drinking calories for thirst. In other words, if
you can spill it, don’t swill it! By following this one simple rule,
you will painlessly shed unwanted pounds.
this: If you drink one eight-ounce glass of milk a day, you ingest
the caloric equivalent of one “fat” pound each month – more than 10
pounds in a year. The same holds true if you drink one can of
sugared soda or one small glass of fruit juice a day. If you drink
all three every day, you risk gaining three pounds a month, or a
whopping 36 pounds in a single year! So if you would stop drinking
these three items each day and make no other changes in your diet or
exercise, you would drop over 36 pounds in a single year.
handy list of drinks you can easily liquidate during the holiday
8 oz of
eggnog = 343 calories
of red wine = 74 calories
of beer = 100 to 130 calories
8 oz of
milk = 100 to 130 calories
of hard liquor = 97 calories
4 oz of
juice = 100 to 120 calories
of soda = 120 calories
short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, daily consumption of
these liquid items can easily top 3,500 calories. Add to that the
excess cookies and cakes and other holiday treats people consume;
and it’s no wonder people gain weight during the holidays! One pound
of fat equals 3,500 calories. Therefore, to lose weight, you
either have to work off 3,500 calories through exercise, or you have
to not put an extra 3,500 calories into your body.
the most of the liquidation way of life during the holiday season,
follow these guidelines:
H2O is the Way to Go:
eight to 16 glasses of calorie-free water for thirst every day.
Never sip a single calorie in liquid form, except for the
occasional glass of “medicinal” red wine, a party beer (just
one!), or nonfat milk on your morning cereal. If you’re
overweight, your liquid calories should only come
spoonful-by-spoonful as soup or on cereal, but never gulped from
a glass, cup, can, or bottle.
Avoid “On the Go” Drinks:
The holidays are a hectic time. As
such, many people grab meals “on the run” and therefore overlook
the added calories of shakes, smoothies, slushies, or blended
specialty drinks that they consume as breakfast or lunch
“on-the-go.” Because the liquidation way of life says “if you
can swill it, spill it,” drink nothing out of a glass, can, cup,
or straw that has a calorie. So avoid and spillable pick-me-up
beverages that act as a substitute for food, because they only
give a temporary feeling of having eaten. While they pack on the
calories, they don’t give the sustained feeling of being full.
Within an hour or so, you’ll be raiding the refrigerator or
vending machine to get your fill of real food, which will only
add more calories to your day.
Dilution is the Solution:
Most “zero calorie” drinks
sweetened with artificial sugar substitutes – such as diet soda
– are probably OK to consume if you are trying to lose excess
pounds. However, some research suggests that these substitutes
give you a hankering for sweets. So drink “sweet” zero calorie
beverages in moderation. Still, if you just can’t stomach plain
water, then dilution is the solution. You can dilute any
flavored drink – even diet soda – by at least 50 to 90 percent
and still get the sweetness and taste you crave. Also, a diluted
glass of juice often resembles an alcoholic beverage. That means
at all those holiday parties you can look like you’re indulging
in the holiday festivities without packing on the pounds for
Make Time for Tea: Tea is a great way to flavor water. But
before you say, “I don’t like tea,” take a stroll down the tea
aisle of your local grocery store. Today’s tea is much more than
Earl Gray. Tea comes in a multitude of flavors, from citrus to
berry to herbs, meaning that you don’t have to add any
sweeteners to have a great taste. Additionally, tea is so
versatile – you can drink it hot, cold, lukewarm, or even on the
rocks at a party. It’s tea-riffic!
Liquidation is a life-long(er) investment:
An “oldie but goodie”
study dating back to the 1930s about the benefits of a balanced diet
has been confirmed and supported again and again. Many research
studies have shown that cutting back on calories extends the life of
monkeys, rats, mice, and humans. For example, rats and mice that cut
their daily caloric intake by 30 to 60 percent lived 30 to 60
Therefore, the real
skinny on looking and feeling younger and more energetic any time of
year is choosing a way of life that features these marquee
headliners: whole grains, fruits, fish, lean meats, green veggies,
and lots of water. Deprivation is not the answer. Food is fuel. But,
by making some simple and healthy choices about what you consume
each and every day, you reduce your risk of developing heart
disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, and obesity. And by eating
rather than drinking your fruits, you may even add five, 10, 15, or
more productive and fruitful years to your life.
Quite simply, if you
follow this simple liquidation way of life – during the holidays and
beyond – you, too, will become and remain a healthy, energetic
“lightweight” who can enjoy life any time of year.
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