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8 Tips to Avoid Packing on the Pounds this Christmas

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain.

Tempting calories are waiting around every corner. Frosted sugar cookies, delicious fudge, seasonal coffee drinks, egg nog, and those tempting chocolates waiting at the office each day can definitely cause the clothes to fit more snug during the Christmas season.  

Avoiding holiday weight gain may sound as practical as Santa fitting down billions of chimneys on Christmas Eve night, but with some discipline you can begin the New Year without having to shed the unwanted pounds you packed on during the holidays.

  1. Start your day with a bang- engaging in physical activity in the early mornings can help you remain more disciplined throughout the day with better food choices while also helping to jumpstart your metabolism.
  2. Avoid saving up calories- avoiding temptation and even eating less of what you would normally eat all day just so you can indulge at a holiday party that night can only set you up for failure. Why? Because you are absolutely starving at this point. Be sure to eat your 3 balanced meals and a few snacks a day while aiming for lots of fruits, veggies and protein.
  3. Eat your water- instead of struggling to down your 8 glasses of water (especially if you aren’t a big water drinker), eat more salads topped with healthy fats like avocado and drizzled with fat-free dressings. Water-rich foods can help you stay hydrated and satisfied so everything moves through your system faster.
  4. Never arrive hungry- try to avoid going to a party when you are starving. Having a nutritious snack beforehand can help. If you arrive to the party wanting to eat everything in sight, overeating will be inevitable.
  5. Use smaller plates- whenever possible, choose a smaller appetizer-size plate. Using smaller plates can actually make us feel fuller with less food.
  6. Sneak in the veggies- munching on vegetables has long been recognized as a way to prevent obesity. Mixing blended veggies (like pumpkin) into baked goods or casseroles increases fiber while also helping us to feel fuller.
  7. Limit alcohol- when drinking excess alcohol, you are not only consuming empty calories, but have lack of control over what you eat as well.
  8. Move it and lose it- your best defense against unwanted pounds is to move more and eat less. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, and parking the car further from grocery store and shopping mall entrances are just a few ways to get more steps in daily. Before cozying up around the fire in the evenings, convince the family to go for a brisk walk.