How to Avoid Those Holiday Pounds

How to Avoid Those Holiday Pounds

If you believe the old wives’ tales about how much weight people gain during the holidays, you’re partially correct. In a recent study conducted by The National Institute of Health, researchers discovered that most people gain under 1 pound. An already overweight person, though, will have gained five pounds after the final horns have been blown.  But it’s not all good news for those who eat the bare minimum. The study also shows that we all tend to keep the pounds on. In other words, those few pounds could lead to obesity over ten years. So, how can we avoid those holiday pounds? After all, our homes are filled with holiday pies and other goodies. That can be quite tempting, even for the most devoted dieters!

Here are a few pointers to help you get through the holidays.

Just a Nibble

Have you ever noticed that when you first start eating a rich dessert, it tastes so good, but by the end, you’ve had more than enough? One way to lose weight is to eat a few bites of that delicious cheesecake or chocolate fudge brownie. Nobody says you have to completely abstain from holiday treats. Just be careful how much you eat!

Enjoy the Company, Not the Brownies!

Many people think of holiday parties in terms of the foods they’ll get to eat (or avoid) rather than the true reason for the celebration, which is the company and conversation. You’ll be less likely to raid the snack table if you keep yourself busy chatting with friends.

Go to the Party Full

You’ve probably heard the grocery store trick: don’t shop when you’re hungry because you’ll end up buying more. The same can be said for holiday parties! Consume a lot of raw vegetables and other healthy foods that will stay with you during the party and keep you from bingeing on the bad stuff.

Drink Water to Avoid Extra Pounds

Add up the calories you’ve probably consumed at parties in sodas, fruit punches, and alcoholic beverages, and you’ll be surprised. If you’re not careful, you can consume hundreds of calories without even realizing it! Instead of drinking one of these high-calorie beverages, make it a habit to drink water, which will help flush out excess water weight.

Create an Eating Schedule

Trying to get through an entire party without at least sampling some of the treats would be neither fun nor realistic. Instead of rushing to the food table and filling your plate, then suffering through the rest of the party because you want more, try spacing out your snacks for the duration of the party. Plan on having a bite of something every thirty minutes or so. It will not only help you eat less, but it will also be a fun game you can play with yourself!

Most importantly, keep in mind that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and if you make a mistake, go for a long walk to burn off those extra calories rather than beating yourself up about it! And follow these simple tips to avoid those holiday pounds.

 

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