How To Approach Holiday Weekends?


Dr. Posner's video 

The weather has turned much more favorable…warmer days, longer daylight, earlier sunrise….in short, we are enjoying a really nice spring and the summer is here soon. This coming weekend brings Easter Sunday and the Passover holiday. Then, in a blink of an eye, Memorial Day weekend, then July 4th, summer vacations and the summer capping off with Labor Day weekend will all be upon us.

Holiday weekends do present a challenge for weight control efforts. Inherent to these holidays are assorted foods and drinks that traditionally accompany the family and friends’ gatherings. How can we navigate around these really fun events, partake of the celebrations and still remain on course on our long-term weight control journey?

One of the first steps is to “plan” for your participation at the holiday weekend events. Rather than make spontaneous decisions as to what you will eat/drink at the gatherings, plan out what your approach will be based on what will be available. For example, if you are attending an out door barbeque, find out in advance what will be served and start plotting your approach. When it comes to alcohol, cut your drinks with plenty of non-caloric mixers. Limit the intake of desserts by consciously remembering all of the reasons why weight control is such a priority for you.

You can enjoy holiday weekends and not wreck your weight control efforts. There is nothing easy about this, yet, with the right mind-set and planning, you will enjoy these weekends and still remain on course for improved health and happiness.


Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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