We love the holidays, but we know they can be a nutritional minefield. Temptations lurk everywhere. Those extra calories add up to an average weight gain of about a 2 pounds during the festivities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, studies show. That may not sound like much, but if it becomes a yearly tradition, the years can pack on the pounds. Don’t let that curb your merriment, though. There are plenty of good-for-you foods lurking in between the calorie bombs.
The problem with the holidays isn’t usually the weight gain— it’s the fact that most people never lose the excess pounds.
So in five years you may have gained 10 pounds and in 10 years, 20 pounds. The best course of action is? Stop weight gain before it starts.
The key is eating healthy throughout the holiday season and remembering portion control when it comes to your, “it-wouldn’t-be the holidays without-them foods”.
Make the right choices that will allow you to indulge and enjoy, yet keep you from loading up on the fatty, high-calories dishes that can quickly lead to unwanted weight gain.
How can you try to maintain your weight and heart-health during such a tempting time? Here are a few tips to surviving the holiday hoop-la that is sure-fire success – this season and in the future ones to come.
1. Get moving – Establish a morning exercise routine.
2. Drink plenty of water. Eat at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables.
3. Control the risk for temptation
4. Always plan ahead – Never go to a party hungry
5. Be in charge of your party choices
6. Say “No” Politely
7. Focus on socializing. Don’t hang around the food tables.
Remember, the holidays are meant to celebrate good times with family and friends. Enjoy the holidays and plan effective strategies to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Achieving what you sought out for will give you one more good reason for holiday cheer! Happy Holidays.