7 Tips to Prevent Gaining Weight During the Holidays

The Holiday season brings good cheer, lots of fun and laughter–and oh–a bit of weight gain to top it off.  With all the sweet potato pies, red velvet cakes, candied yams, cookies and all sorts of candy, who can resist the temptation?! Although its easy to forget about calorie counting until the new year, its much easier to avoid the weight gain altoghter.  Find out about how to stay trim during the holidays with these 7 tips: Sedentary activities, such as sitting on the couch watching TV, are common holiday traditions for many families.  Here are 3 tips.  Click Here for More

  1. Let’s Get Physical! -Inactivity may contribute to weight gain, especially if accompanied by overeating (2Trusted Source, 3Trusted Source).

    Doing some type of physical activity with your family may prove beneficial for weight control. Even something as simple as a family walk can get your mind off food and allow you to bond with your loved ones.

  2. Avoid Snacking – Try to be mindful of your snacking habits. If you find yourself munching just because there’s food around — and not because you’re hungry — it’s best to avoid snacking altogether.

    However, if you are hungry and need a snack, opt for real foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are filling snacks that don’t contain added sugars or unhealthy fats — both of which can lead to weight gain.

  3. Watch Your Portions – When the holidays arrive, it can be easy to overload your plate.

    Those who eat larger portions tend to gain weight more easily than those who don’t (4Trusted Source).

    The best way to overcome this is to control portion sizes or use smaller plates.

    To determine an appropriate portion size, read food labels and the recommended serving sizes listed on recipes. If you can’t do either, use your best judgment to fill your plate with a reasonable amount of food.

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