25.Sep.2012 How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Holiday weight gain is all too common. Every year, and throughout the year there are many reasons to celebrate. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, the 4th of July, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and the list goes on. There is plenty of food and drink to be consumed and plenty of pounds to pack on.

Here are somesuggestions on how you can have a fantastic time at these functions without gaining weight and adding inches to your waist line.

1. Never show up hungry. Have a small meal or a healthy snack before you go and drink some water. It will be easier to resist temptation if your stomach isn’t growling at you, coaxing you into eating 3 brownies.

2. Don’t hang out in the kitchen or around the food. If you stay in the area surrounded by food, you are more likely to give into temptation and snack away. Before you know it, you’ll have overeaten.

3. If you have a lot of favorite foods associated with each celebration, have moderate portions of each.

4. Find the healthy items at the party. Eat more of the celery sticks and carrots and less of the chips and dip.

5. Focus on why you’re at the party, which is to catch up with friends and family. Get mingling and you won’t have time to think about all the food. And if you’re talking to someone, it’s hard to have your mouth full. Fill your mouth with words and laughter.

6. Don’t make it a habit of starving yourself for weeks before an event just so you can pig out when the time comes. There is no balance in self deprevation. Balance yourself with healthy eating and routine exercise every week.

7. Stay active. Make it a point to keep up your exercise schedulethroughout the holidays. It’s a busy and stressful time and you may not be able to stick to your routine, but find a way to get moving. Plan an ice skating day with the family, or plan a flag football game in the park.

Cheers to good times with family and friends. Enjoy yourself and use these strategic tips to help you avoid dreaded holiday weight gain. 

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