9 Ways To Combat Holiday Weight Gain

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9 Ways To Combat Holiday Weight Gain

Written by: Brandi Monasco

Christmas is a great time of the year – snow in many places, the Christmas lights, kids running around excited to see Santa… it really can’t get much better than that.

Even though Christmas is a joyous and exciting season, it is also that time of the year where there are many holiday parties and family get-togethers, which also means food. Lots and lots of FOOD.

And that lots and lots of food unfortunately means… weight gain.

Want to avoid the inevitable holiday weight gain? Here are a few tips!

1. Start Your Day Healthy. Exercise in the morning. When you do, this can lead to healthy thoughts for the rest of the day.  When you exercise in the morning, you are motivated to not only eat well, but to also move around more. You are also less tempted to eat unhealthy food.

2. Never Arrive To The Party Hungry. If you arrive to the party hungry, you are more tempted to completely fill your plate with whatever goodies are there and this contributes to weight gain.

3. Be Picky About What You Eat. If you do choose to indulge a little at the party or get-together, be picky about what you eat. Take a walk by the buffet to see what is available before loading up your plate. Doing this will help you to pick the food that you would really like to try rather than eating foods that you don’t really need.

4. Pick Protein. If possible and if it is available, pick foods that contain protein such as turkey, chicken, or even beans. Protein can help you to fill up faster and keep you feeling fuller for longer, removing the temptation to eat even more.

5. Turn Your Attention Elsewhere. You will be surrounded by your family and friends. So, instead of paying attention to the food, pay attention to who is at the party. Start a small conversation or engage in party activities. This will surely divert your attention away from the food.

6. Bring Your Own Dish. You don’t necessarily have to try everyone’s dishes or platters that are brought. In fact, bringing your own platter or dish with something healthy can help you make sure that you fall back to a healthy alternative in the event that there is nothing healthy on the buffet.

7. Eat And Chew Slowly. When you eat fast, your body has less of a reaction time to process that there is food being eaten. Take a few extra seconds to chew and to enjoy your food!

8. Avoid Sugar. This is hard, but try to avoid the cookies, pies and cakes and anything that may have hidden additional sugar. Sugar will only increase the calories that you’re eating and contribute to weight gain.

9. Sneak In Veggies. Many people like to have fruit and veggie trays at their holiday parties. If there is one, be sure to fill up on those healthy veggies.

What tips do you have for combating weight gain during the holidays? Share with us in the comments below!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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