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Making healthy food choices, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, and finding time to exercise (even walking) can all help one to avoid weight gain. That being said, if your favorite food is pecan pie with whipped cream, you might forgo that second helping of mashed potatoes and gravy so you can still enjoy your favorite foods!
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredOne of the best ways to avoid weight gain over the holidays is to incorporate daily exercise and practice portion control. The following five steps can help you make this happen at the next holiday party.
- Move a little more. Plan to get a little more activity in during the holidays in order to make up for the additional calories you will be consuming. Short 10-minute bouts of physical activity that are split up throughout the day can make a big difference. For example, park your car as far away as possible when engaging in holiday shopping and carry your shopping bags versus using a cart (when possible). These are both good opportunities to burn some extra calories.
- Focus on maintaining weight instead of losing weight. Keep the holidays simple by just focusing on maintaining your current weight. This can decrease the chances of you feeling overwhelmed by your own expectations and will help keep you from sabotaging your goal of avoiding weight gain.
- Plan ahead. Never arrive at a gathering hungry or starving. This can be a recipe for disaster. To avoid overeating, plan ahead by preparing and consuming a healthy snack that is high in fiber or protein. This can help curb your appetite as well as keep you from overindulging once you get to your party.
- Don’t be afraid to say no … politely. Sometimes we feel obligated to eat when we are no longer hungry because food is offered by the host. Don’t be afraid to turn down food, as long as you are polite about it. Using phrases such as, “No, thank you very much, the food was amazing” or “I can’t eat any more, but thank you” can help give you leverage.
- Keep busy! Keep yourself busy at parties by engaging in conversation. Don’t know anyone at the party? Introduce yourself and find out more about the people there. Socializing can help take your mind off of cravings that can lead to consuming additional calories.
Shannon Jay Dougherty, Fitness, answeredThere are several ways to stay fit over the holidays and avoid weight gain. My top seven suggestions are as follows:
- Walk: Start and end your day with this simple movement. Get your endorphins pumping, even if it's just for 10 minutes.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fill up your plate with these choices first.
- Portion control: Enjoy the great flavors, but don't gorge yourself on the tasty food.
- Snack first: Grab a quick snack before you party. Chances are you will make better choices and eat less at the event.
- Drink water: Fill up on water. It's calorie free and helps you digest food. You will feel fuller faster.
- Chew your food well: The more you chew, the less you are inclined to eat. Trick your brain into thinking you are eating more.
- Move: Play tag, do jumping jacks or throw the football. Try some fun family activities that are great calorie burners as well.