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How can I maintain my weight during the holidays?

During the holidays it can be tempting to forgo your usual diet and exercise routine, but there are ways to maintain your weight without putting a damper on the festivities. Start by weighing yourself once or twice a week. Studies show that people who weigh themselves regularly are better able to maintain their weight. By stepping on the scale you'll notice as soon as a few pounds start creeping up on you and you can make a changes to lose them right away. Weigh yourself in the morning after you wake up and before you've eaten breakfast.

If you don't want to restrict eating during the holidays, exercise longer and harder than usual. If you typically do 30 minutes of cardio, increase it to 45 minutes. When you lift weights, add more reps or choose heavier weights. If you exercise three times a week, increase it to five.
You have probably heard time and time again that the secret to maintaining a healthy weight is eating right and exercising. In fact, this is true. Although a healthy diet is considered to be more important in terms of strict weight control, exercise certainly plays an important role in terms of weight management as well as general health. During the holidays, try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Try to avoid fatty, sugary and processed foods.

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