Beating Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are a time with friends and family and, unfortunately, weight gain.   Because the holidays are most often associated with food, they are a dieter’s enemy.  If you are looking for a way to beat the weight gain that often comes with the holidays you have come to the right place. Use the tips below to help you.  Don’t make your new year’s resolution be getting rid of the weight you gained during the holidays.  Beat the holiday weight gain!

• Portion control.  You don’t have to be a scrooge and deny food that the hostess offers you at a holiday party.  Arrive at the party with portion controlling in mind.  It’s okay to have some the food, as long as you know your limit.  Eat a serving rather than indulging yourself in the food.

• Focus on healthy.  Most holiday parties have at least a few healthy options. If veggies and dip are offered, choose this option over the higher calorie food.  This will allow you to eat “socially” without having the extra weight gain from high calorie food.

• Avoid the alcohol.  Alcohol is almost always associated with the holidays.  For you, this can mean extra weight.  Limit the amount of alcohol that you drink during the holidays.  Remember that food is not the only thing that contains calories. Many alcohol drinks are high in calories too.

• Avoid the temptations.  When you walk into a holiday party, be ready for the temptations.  There will be food there that will have your mouth watering. Before you go to the party, make the decision as to what and how much you will eat when you get there.  If you vow to avoid the sweets table, stick to your guns.  Don’t give in to ugly temptations that will only make you gain weight that you have worked so hard to lose.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year for most! However, for others it can be the time of year where the pounds start packing on.  If you want to beat the odds, use the tips above to help you overcome holiday weight gain.  From portion controlling to limiting your alcohol intake to regular exercise, there are decisions that you can make that will help you beat the holiday weight gain.  Which of the tips above will you use to help you?  Make up your mind today that the holidays won’t be a time of weight gain for you!

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