So, what can you do to stave off those extra pounds? Here's a short-but-sweet list of tips to keep the calories at bay during the Halloween season:
Top Five Tips for Handling Halloween
- Do you buy candy for trick-or-treaters, and then break into the bag before Halloween? Do it differently this year. Don't buy it early "because it's on sale." You might save a dollar or two buying early, but consider: How much time will you need to burn off all those candy calories? How much is your time worth to you? Is it really a value?
- If you must buy candy early, choose candy you don't like. That'll reduce the likelihood of hearing the candy call to you in the middle of the night.
- If you're not keeping a food record, start one right now! Even if you're pretty good at eating awareness, the frantic pace of the holiday season makes a food record invaluable. Remember to keep track of what you drink, too.
- Make a plan now for physical activity for the rest of October. It's okay to shorten the length or intensity of your workouts, but do your best not to skip workouts.
- If you're working on weight loss, consider changing your focus to weight maintenance through the holiday season. Weight loss is challenging under the best of circumstances; it's very difficult during the holidays. Maintaining weight, however, is realistic for most people.