Holiday Season Food


The holidays are here in Sarasota,FL where we all tend to eat more then we normally do. Question is, can you fend off the yummy holiday food to ensure you don’t pile on the pounds? There is a ray of hope though; studies have found that most people overestimate how much weight they’ve put on over the holiday season, with less than 10% of people putting on 5 pounds or more.

Unfortunately for a lot of people any weight put on over the holiday season is never lost and gradually over time more and more weight is put on until BOOM! – Obesity. We’ve put together a bunch of reasonable weight loss tips that should help you keep off the pounds these up coming Holidays.


1. Keep yourself active.

Over the holidays people tend to slow down, it’s a good idea to keep to your usual routine. I realize it can be difficult to stick to any usual weight loss & exercise routine during November / December as it can be a crazy stressful time of year. You should try to keep your usual routine of gym visits and other exercise classes. Fortunately, additional holiday activities such as decorating & shopping can help but it’s usually no substitute for the gym.

2. Don’t go hungry.

So you go to a Christmas party and you’re overloaded with snacks galore. If you’re not eating properly during the day you’re going to end up stuffing yourself. Make sure you’re starting each day with a solid, protein based breakfast. This will help keep you full and away from too much holiday snacking. If you have to snack try snacking on veggies instead of high fat pastries.

I’m not saying don’t enjoy yourself but if you want to keep your weight on track it’s a good idea to keep your hunger under control with low fat, low sugar foods. I realize that sometimes it can be difficult when all that is around is holiday sweets and deserts but if you want to keep that weight off, you know what you need to do.

3. Keep away from the food.

Another weight loss tip is to just stay away from all the holiday junk food, all those treats and appetizers piled high on the buffet table. Holiday junk food is everywhere and it might be easier to stay away from it all together. The smell of the treats floating through the party air, tugging at your senses can feel torturous, but if you can’t trust yourself once you start snacking this may well be the best option for you as once you start its hard to stop. Try eating from the vegetable tray first before you reach for the high fat treats and deserts and drink lots of water before hand to fill your belly up.


Gaining weight is a big concern for a lot of people, not just through the holiday season but all year round. Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy your holidays without the weight gain in the New Year. Happy Holidays! If you do find you gained some holiday pounds and need help in losing them before you are stuck with them then give our Ideal Protein Weight Loss Coach Jasmin Tomalin a call for a Free Consultation at 941-925-2700 or click on the link to learn more about our program we offer here at Back In Motion of Sarasota.

About the Author Tim Burnell, PT

Tim Burnell is the Lead Physical Therapist at Back In Motion Sarasota. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He takes pride in getting to the root of the problem which helps get his clients better...Faster! He is a family man & enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Monique. He has 2 children & a dog named Annie. Tim's son, Andre' is 11 years old and his daughter Joliebelle (nicknamed Pooky) is 7 years old. He enjoys visiting his wife's side of the family in New Orleans and his side of the family in Vermont. Tim grew up in Vermont, went to Physical Therapy School in Alabama, got his first job at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans and moved to Sarasota Florida after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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