Posted Tuesday -- November 27, 2007
As we approach the holidays, the temptation to "cheat" if you're on a diet is everywhere.
But for the local Biggest Loser contestants, more is on the line than just a pound or two .... with the competition ending December 10th.
This story will highlight the struggle that our contestants face every day.
But we also hope to give you some peace of mind about "giving into temptation" and enjoying your favorite things.
We don't want to repeat the obvious .... eat well and exercise.
But what do the experts have to say about getting through the holiday season?
We met with Meriter dietitian Krista Winter.
Winter says, "Giving into those cravings and then getting right back on the bandwagon."
But for those of us who give in daily ... how much can you slack before you need some more slack in your pants??
Winter says, "If you have only in excess of maybe 300 calories of your daily needs you won't eventually see that until it gets to 3500 calories. RIGHT 10 days later."
Winter says that means your weekend of partying and poor eating could take a while to show up ... but it will.
And then there is the silent offender.
"All alcohol is metabolized as fat, unfortunately."
So eat, drink and be merry ... and then head to the gym.
And we know you know this already, but if you are going to combine the good stuff with the bad, keep in mind that it's all simple math.
Winter says, "There is not necessarily, unfortunately, fat-burning foods ... it's all calories in, calories out, so if you're going to eat in excess of what your body needs, you're going to gain the weight no matter what you eat."
As the biggest loser contestants round out their last few weeks, the rest of us start the long journey of tempting holiday parties and big family suppers.
We look forward to sharing their weight loss success stories with you - as you celebrate your own.