The holidays are right around the corner. It’s almost like you can hear jingle bells ringing, and the smell of fresh baked ginger bread cookies ready to be eaten.
Holiday wight gain is a common concern for many adults.
We have a few tips to help you avoid that extra weight gain over this holiday season, and hopefully keep it off.
Use the buddy system
Many people report success with their weight goals when they are held accountable with a loved one or friend.
Reach out to friends, family and colleagues to connect with someone who would make a good fit and keep you both on track.
Watch your portion sizes
Yes, we all want to have a heaping portion of ham and mashed potatoes to celebrate, and it can be quite easy to overload your plate.
The best way to overcome this is to control your portion sizes, or simply use smaller plates.
Cut back on taste-testing
Many people will spend a lot of time cooking and baking during this holiday season.
Unsurprisingly, this can lead to weight gain because it’s easy to taste-test all of your dishes. Even though they are little bites, they can add up in the end.
Just be mindful of how much you are tasting, and if it is worth the small wait for the meal to be served.
Limit liquid calories
We all know how delicious spiked eggnog is for the holidays.
Would you rather spend your calories on another glass or eggnog, or go for that last cookie? You can be the judge of that.
Holiday meals are often served buffet-style, with you being able to pick what you put on your plate.
This ultimately leads people to serve themselves seconds, and even thirds.
If you can, try to limit yourself to one plate and possibly go for an apple if you are still hungry afterwards.
The bottom line
Weight gain during the holiday season is a reality for many people who celebrate. Whether it be from the heaping plates of food, or the countless glasses of eggnog, it can be hard to resist.
This holiday season try to be mindful of what you are eating, and if you are diligent you may find yourself even losing weight this holiday season, not gaining!dietfitnessholidaysweightweightloss