Can slim, fit and happy really be in a single sentence especially this Thanksgiving? Absolutely! There really are ways to be slim, fit and happy this week! We’ve got a few suggestions so you can enjoy Thanksgiving without falling too far from what you’ve been working on weight-loss wise:

  1. Don’t stress on it. Cortisol alert! Remember stress makes you want to eat more! Enjoy the moment and the company more than the food.
  2. Get active before the big meal. According to, “By being active in the morning, you’ll improve your insulin sensitivity, making your body more ready to handle the calorie onslaught later that day.” Take a walk, get in a quick morning workout at the gym, or pop in an exercise video before your houseguests wake up. Better yet, invite them to join you!
  3. Spend your holiday wisely. Get some sleep. Do something active. Eat well, relax and enjoy. Don’t eat and sleep and wake up wondering where the day went. Savor it. 🙂
  4. Eat vegetables first! Vegetables will make you feel full faster without giving you that heavy feeling (and vegetables are one of those foods that make you happy!).
  5. Finally, choose to be healthy, choose to care for your body. It’s a conscious decision you can make in every moment.

Holidays need not be daunting. Just remember to keep your focus on what you’re trying to achieve. Take care of yourself because the healthier you are, the more holidays you will be able to enjoy in the future!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, or would like to attend a free informational seminar, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

Low Impact Exercise: Step-Ups

How to Do It: You can do this exercise with any stairs, whether in your home or at a gym.

Step on the first stair with your right leg. Lift your left leg off the floor, but don’t place it on the next step. Hold the position for one count with just your right leg on the stair. Then step down with your left leg followed by the right. Repeat on the other side. Do 10 to 15 on each leg

If you need support, hold on to a wall or railing. Work up to doing the move without holding on to anything. For more of a challenge, hold the one-footed position longer.

Why It’s Good for You: You’re increasing stability and working your leg muscles.

Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

Although there’s not a lot of research showing that meditation directly helps you lose weight, meditation does help you become more aware of your thoughts and actions, including those that relate to food. For example, a research review showed that meditation can help with both binge eating and emotional eating.