Tips to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays with Author Carole Carson

May 5, 2011

Weight Loss

On “Feel and Look Fabulous” Holistic Health Talk for Women Radio Show: Author Carole Carson joined Radio Host Irina Wardas

On our women’s radio show Carole Carson discussed tips on avoiding weight gain during Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other Holidays, as well as her new book “From Fat to Fit”

Radio Show for Women listeners who e-mail their plans for their personal fitness makeover will receive a complimentary copy of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction. To receive a free copy, listeners need to send a fitness plan, name and address to: CaroleCarson1@earthlink.net


Just before turning 60, Carole Health Talk for Women Radio Show: Tips to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays  remade her life. After chronicling her 62-pound weight loss in weekly newspaper articles, she inspired more than 1,000 ordinary people in her small northern California community to team up and lose nearly 4 tons in 2 months.


Carole’s book, From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, gives readers a 7-step process for shaping up. Her book became the basis for the AARP Fat 2 Fit community, a nearly 4,000 member online community that Carole coaches. Through her writing, teaching and example, Carole’s mission is to communicate her empowering message: “You and your friends can have fun, get fit and lose weight.

Suggested interview question:

1. Personal History: How did I get involved with fitness? What was the personal impact on me of losing 60 pounds? What circumstances led me to write the book, From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction, and what was I trying to achieve?

2. Benefits: What are benefits of fitness? What are the medical, financial, physical, mental and spiritual benefits? What is relationship between obesity and breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.

3. Advice to listeners: What does it take to get fit and lose weight? Is it grim? Does it involve deprivation and incredible discipline? What is my recommendation or formula?

Why should listeners focus on fitness rather than dieting or weight loss per se? Why should listeners avoid dieting?

4. Community: How important are friends and community? Must individuals surround themselves with like-minded individuals to succeed? Does it improve the chance for success? How do I go about creating a support group? More on support groups on her website From Fat to Fit.

5. Professional support: What’s the role of my physician in achieving fitness? What other professionals and groups can help listeners? For example, should a listener consider consulting a dietitian, personal trainer. Or join weight watchers or an online communities (such as AARP Fat 2 Fit community)? Are health and risk assessment tests useful?

6. Practical Strategies and Advice

  • What’s the best strategy for dealing with the munchies or cravings?
  • What mistakes do people make in measuring caloric intake?
  • How do you avoid the people who want to sabotage your effort?
  • What’s the best way to assess portion size?
  • If a person hates to count calories, what advice can you provide?
  • How can I respond when confronted with UFO’s? UFO’s are unexpected fitness obstacles, like medical problems or a change in personal circumstances, such as divorce or job loss.
  • How can listeners get ready for the holidays? What tips can help listeners avoid weight gain during the candy splurge of Halloween followed by Thanksgiving extravaganzas and year end celebrations?
  • What’s the best diet?
  • Does it matter what time of day a listener eats? How important is breakfast?
  • How important is a food diary? How does it function? How can I set one up?
  • What are some cooking tips you can provide listeners to cut calories without sacrificing taste?
  • What tips can you provide for reading labels? What are the dangers of trans fats? What kinds of food should I avoid according to the experts?
  • Is snacking forbidden? Does it have a role?
  • If a person hates the gym or doesn’t have the money to pay for a gym membership or a gym has no interest in working out at a gym, what are other alternatives?

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

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