5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The stretch starting at Thanksgiving and going all the way to New Year’s is undoubtedly the most tempting time of the year to cheat on your diet. According to a study performed by the NIDDK and NICHD, Americans on average put on a little bit more than pound during this time of the year. While it seems insignificant, it’s not for the short period amount.

Here are five common ways to limit the effect of the “holiday pounds”:

  • 1. Just say no to alcohol
    Alcohol makes you want to eat food. Additionally, the beverages are usually very high in calories.
  • 2. Exercise with your daily routine
    While you may not be able to go to the gym, you can still do extra things in your holiday activities that trim the pounds off. Park at the back of the parking lot at the mall, play some backyard football after Christmas dinner, etc.
  • 3. Eat before a big party
    Parties around Christmas always have huge surpluses of food. These holiday parties never run out of food and they have such a wide variety, making you want to try everything. Don’t. Resist the temptation by eating a snack about 15 minutes before your arrival, giving you enough time to feel somewhat full from the snack.
  • 4. Eat Small Portions
    Don’t feel the need to heap up your plate at meals because everyone around you seems to be doing so. Eat slowly to avoid overeating, and say no to seconds unless you really are still hungry.
  • 5. Calm down
    Stress releases a hormone called cortisol, which can stimulate weight gain. You need to relax, don’t fret over food prepared on time, not being able to find gifts, being late for a party, etc. Take it easy and relax this holiday season. It’s not about looking good to others, but about being with others. Keep everything in perspective this holiday season.

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