5 Healthy Living Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

By Brooke Drake, November 20, 2014, Events & Fun

5 Healthy Living Tips To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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I love the holiday season, from the lights and parties to all the traditions each family commemorates. My only not-so favorite thing about the holidays is the unfortunate weight gain that comes from all the merriment. That’s why this year I am making it a goal of mine to find a way to still have fun and enjoy the holidays without ending the season five-ish pounds heavier.  For those of you who want to join me on this quest, here are 5 healthy living tips to help avoid holiday weight gain.

  1. Don’t Go Hungry. Nothing is worse when it comes to keeping weight off than arriving at a party hungry. For those who think they can “bank calories” by not eating all day to be able to indulge in the evening, you are wrong. By that time you are starving, which results in overeating, and no one’s hitting up the veggie tray at that point. So before the party, eat a healthy snack to lessen your chance of overeating once you get there. If you are unable to eat before the party, drink a bottle of water before hitting up the food table, as this will help you feel full and eat less.
  2. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. When heading to a party, guests know there’s going to be food, and generally lots of it. However, at the next party you attend, make a plan to avoid the food table and concentrate on other activities like dancing and conversing with friends. Doing so can help keep you from being tempted to overindulge.
  3. Portion Control. For more casual parties, people tend to “graze” the food table rather than use a plate. Don’t let this be you. Not only do you lose portion perspective and have no idea how much you’re truly eating, it’s just bad etiquette too. Once you do grab a plate, fill up on fruits and veggies first and stay away from creamy dips and sauces.  Also, if you find yourself at a buffet style party, grab the smallest plate to help limit your serving size.
  4. Let’s Get Physical, Physical. Not only does exercising give you more energy, it burns calories and reduces stress, which is especially helpful around the holidays. It can also motivate you to eat healthy throughout the day.
  5. Don’t Eat Just to Eat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten something because it’s there and NOT because it’s actually good. So, before you digest an entire sweet treat (let alone go back for seconds), make sure it’s truly worth the calories. If not, save the calories and throw it away (and don’t go back!).

Do you have any tips for reducing the weight gain that often comes with the holiday season? Please share them in the comments!

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  1. Rebecca Candler says:

    My tip is to drink a large glass of ice water before you eat anything. Fills you upa nd stops you from over eating. I got that from the ethosien diet, ive managed to lose 34 lbs in the last 4 months.