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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always a holiday to celebrate, which makes it extremely difficult to avoid holiday weight gain. Multiple friends are having parties and you would like to attend them all. Watching what you eat when you’re away from home is just one of the many obstacles that hinder your weight management. Is it any wonder why? With all the cakes, cookies, burgers and alcohol that are available (and very tempting), it’s definitely difficult to resist.

It’s not your fault that these yummy treats are so enjoyable, but you and only you are to blame if you overdo it, especially, knowing how unhealthy some (if not all) of these foods can be. Believe it or not, it is possible to attend these festivities and actually eat without feeling terribly guilty. With these tips and tricks you can hopefully enjoy the holidays without worrying about the holiday weight gain.

WEIGHT-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Start healthy and end happy. What does this mean? It means that once you get to the party, start snacking on the healthy foods first. Chow down on fruits, veggies, cheese and other nutritious choices. After that, you can move onto the sweets. By doing this, you’ll consume less of the high-calorie foods around you, while still being able to enjoy them.
  • Just say no…to excessive alcohol consumption. True, it’s a celebration, but alcohol (especially beer) is full of empty calories. Try drinking in moderation so you don’t feel guilty the next day.
  • Eat before you leave the house. When you’re at home, you have much more control over your meals. Eating before you head out, will keep you from splurging while you’re celebrating. Eat something healthy and then have your dessert at the party. This is a great trick for avoiding holiday weight gain.
  • Bump up your exercise. If you know that you’ll be attending a party, then work out a little more that week. Try walking or running a few extra miles or get another day in of strength training. This way, you won’t feel as guilty when you visit the holiday dessert trays.
  • Be a rabbit. For a day or two the week of the holiday, eat more fruits and veggies to counterbalance the goodies you’ll be having when you’re out. Watch your portions and you should do just fine.

Whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to go to an event hungry--ever. This is a sure-fire way to fill up on unhealthy foods and overdo it. It’s all about control. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to some great foods, but it’s not really healthy to overload your body when it’s not use to it on a regular basis. You and only you can find control. Believe it or not, it is possible to avoid holiday weight gain. If you want to watch your weight, then be confident in yourself enough to do it. Plus, just think how great it would be to tell your friends that you didn’t gain a pound during the holidays! Even better--you won’t have to break out the stretchy pants like everyone else.

You should have fun and enjoy your holidays, but you shouldn’t have to suffer for it the next day. Stay in control and stay free of that awful holiday weight gain. The holidays are supposed to be about enjoyment, not regret. If you really don’t want to gain the pounds then you don’t have to, just by planning ahead.

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