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Holiday Weight Gain: How Can You Handle It?

Christmas and New Year is just around the corner. It’s the season of enticing delicacies, rich home-cooked food, drinking and being merry. Holiday time isn’t any different from everyday life except that there is more yummy food on the table to tempt you and they can all be hard to resist.

Moderation is key.  It’s the secret to achieving a fun but also healthy holiday time. With a moderate attitude both to what you eat (or don’t eat) and how much physical activity you do (or don’t do), you can avoid holiday weight gain and still take part in all the fun in this time of year.

Here are some tips to help you handle the hectic holiday weeks:

Stay Within Your Calorie Range
Plan your meals and snacks in advance so you can savor your favorites and still stay on ground. Cut back on calories in order to splurge a little more on your holiday meal. Decide which foods you’ll have and how much then use your food tracker to stick within your calorie limits.

Devote To Working Out
Before the holidays sneak up on you, create a plan for incorporating fitness into your daily routine. Evaluate your holiday schedule and then determine how much time you will realistically have available to dedicate to keeping fit. Schedule your workouts. It may be better to cut your fitness time in half if you don’t have the time than to completely eliminate it.

Restrict Your Alcohol
Alcohol is high in calories.  It can lower inhibitions, making it more likely that you’ll forget about your nutrition plan and overindulge. If you can party hop without drinking at all, you’ll be better off. If you must drink, nurse your glass slowly, choose diet-friendly drinks, and limit the number of servings.

Drink water!
Then drink more water…. and then more! Water keeps you full and it’s healthy.

Another problem is that people tend to get lazy during the winter and are less willing to be active.  As soon as the temperatures start dropping and there’s less daylight in the day, people are less willing to leave the house and tend to sit at home most of the time. This slows your body’s metabolism significantly which leads to putting on more weight during the holiday. If you want to avoid it, there’s a simple solution: get up and go! Mind what you put in your mouth and don’t give up in the process.

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