Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
Typically, people only gain about one to two pounds over the holidays, but these pounds can add up over the years. Here’s a few tips on how to control holiday weight gain…
- Avoid going to a holiday party extremely hungry. Eat a small snack such a fruit with a few nuts, to help curb your appetite so you don’t raid the buffet table or make a meal out of the appetizers.
- Reduce liquid calories. It’s easy to add extra calories to our day by drinking high fat and high sugar drinks. Get a smaller size, go without the whip cream, or try the skinny version of a hot beverage. If you like something a bit stronger, try a wine spritzer that mixes a smaller portion of wine with a no calorie sparkling water.
- Eat a lighter breakfast and lunch. If you skip meals, you’ll most likely be really hungry before the big dinner and overeat. Make a veggie omelet with a side of fruit or yogurt in the morning and a tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread with a side salad for lunch.
- Continue being physically active. Go for a walk or run or anything you enjoy that gets you up and moving.
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