Worried about holiday weight gain?
In a recent study conducted by The National Institute of Health, researchers discovered that most people tend to only put on just under one pound. However, a person who is already overweight will average a whopping five pounds extra after the last festive meal.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news because the study also shows that we all tend to keep the pounds put on. In other words, over ten years, that just under one pound weight gain could lead someone to being overweight.
So, what can we do to avoid holiday weight gain?
Here’s a few tips to get you through the holidays.
Just A Nibble!
Have you ever noticed that when you start eating a rich dessert it tastes so good, but by the last bite, you’ve had enough? One way to keep the pounds down is to enjoy just 2 or 3 bites of that delicious cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie. Savor it! No one says that you have to completely deprive yourself of holiday treats, just limit how much you eat.
Enjoy the Company, Not The Brownies!
Many people think of holiday parties in terms of the foods that they’ll get to eat (or have to avoid) instead of the real reason for the celebration – the company and conversation. If you keep yourself busy chatting with friends, you’ll be less likely to be enamored with the snack table.
You’ve probably heard the grocery store trick; don’t go shopping when you’re hungry because you’ll only end up buying more. Well, the same works for holiday parties! Eat some raw vegetables and other healthy foods before you go to the party — they will keep you feeling fuller and you’ll be less tempted to binge on the unhealthy foods.
If you were to add up the calories that you’ve probably consumed in beverages at parties, you would probably be shocked. You can gulp down hundreds of calories without even realizing it if you’re not careful!
Most importantly, remember that the holidays are meant for enjoyment. Try not to be too hard on yourself, and if you overindulge, remember it is only one day. You don’t need to beat yourself up and you don’t need to make it into a week long event!