Small Changes, Big Results: How to Drop 5 Pounds Before the Holidays.

November 9, 2012

Small Changes, Big Results: How to Drop 5 Pounds Before the Holidays.

Many of us look forward to the holiday season for lots of reasons: spending time with friends & family, admiring the beautiful lights & decorations, and consuming copious amounts of delicious food and crafty cocktails. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

But, if you want to be sure that you fit into that little black dress that you’ve been waiting all year to flaunt at an upcoming holiday party or festive celebration, make an effort to drop a few pounds and slim down before the feasting season begins. (And then maybe you won’t feel so guilty about indulging in a cookie here or there!)

Listed below are a few calorie-slashing tips for your pre-holiday weight-loss goals. As a reference, new research shows that a 165-pound woman has to pare off 480 calories a day to lose 5 pounds in one month. Heavier (195 pounds)? Cut 515 calories. Lighter (135 calories?) Trim 435. Start dropping!1. Subtract. Eliminate sugary, artificially sweetened drinks (sodas, energy drinks, and juices) and avoid alcohol, which are full of empty calories and can wreck havoc on your metabolism.Drink water with 0-calorie True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, or True Grapefruit instead.2. Skip. Pass on fast-food and sit-down meals as they can contain more than half of your daily caloric needs. Even with healthier options, you’d be much better off preparing your own meals.3. Swap. Every dieter has temptations. Trade your high-calorie picks for skinnier substitutions like these: 


4 French toast sticks vs. 2 whole-grain waffles

You save: 202 calories

Breakfast quesadilla with eggs, black beans, cheddar and bacon vs. egg, cheese, and bacon on an English muffin

You save: 290 calories

Cinnamon raisin bagel vs. 2 mini-cinnamon raisin bagels

You save: 181 calories


1 cheese calzone vs. 1 slice of stuffed-crust pizza

You save: 410 calories

Grilled veggie burrito vs. chicken burrito bowl

You save: 160 calories

2 slices of whole wheat bread vs. 1 whole wheat wrap

You save: 70 calories


Steak fajitas with flour tortillas vs. shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas

You save: 400 calories

1-cup plain spaghetti vs. 1-cup spaghetti squash

You save: 179 calories

Meat loaf made from 85% lean ground beef vs. meat loaf made with white-meat ground turkey

You save: 100 calories per slice


1-cup mashed potatoes vs. 1 small baked sweet potato

You save: 183 calories


1-tbsp hoisin sauce vs. 1-tbsp soy sauce

You save: 27 calories

1-tbsp light mayo vs. 1-tbsp mustard

You save: 39 calories (80 calories for regular mayo)

2-tbsp coffee creamer vs. 2-tbsp skim milk

You save: 48 calories

2-tbsp sour cream vs. 2-tbsp plain yogurt

You save: 30 calories


½-cup raisins vs. 1-cup grapes

You save: 113 calories

Small order of nachos vs. 1-cup chili with 1-tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and 10 tortilla chips

You save: 300 calories

Potato chips vs. plain popcorn sprinkled with True Lime

You save: 50 calories per 25g serving


5-oz. glass of wine vs. 6-oz. wine spritzer (half wine, half seltzer)

You save: 50 calories

16-oz. blended coffee drink vs. 16-oz. non-fat latte

You save: 150 calories

1-cup skim milk vs. 1-cup pure almond milk

You save: 30 calories
4. Sweat. Exercise (shopping does count!) can easily help you blast fat and tone up. Aim for at least 20-35 minutes of exercise per day, and opt for interval workouts, which can burn off a quick 350 calories or more! Short on time? Here’s a few quickie workouts we love: Walking outside briskly                       30-min  150 calories burned Elliptical as a swift walking pace        26-min  150 calories burned Jogging on a treadmill at 5mph        9-min    100 calories burned Light weight-lifting                              13-min  50 calories burned Jumping rope                                     13-min  50 calories burned It is possible to lose weight before, during, and after the holidays if you are both willing and determined. These are only a few tips that will help you succeed, however you will find there are many other ways to cut calories, while still enjoying the season. Do you have any advice for those about to face the feeding frenzy ahead? Share with us in the comments section below!