Don’t Let the Holidays Weigh You Down!

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Between Halloween and New Year’s, it is not uncommon for people to gain upwards of 10-15 pounds! Don’t let that be you. Follow these three quick tips to get you through without a hitch!

don't let the holidays weigh you downEat Before You Go. When you are headed to a holiday party, make sure you eat a snack before you arrive. Sometimes when we know we’re going to an event that will be stacked with lots of food options, we hold off eating beforehand. However, this puts you at risk of binging and making poor food choices. I also like to make sure to eat super clean the following day to get right back on track.

Just One Bite. The main issue with the holidays is that we want to try everything because there are so many goodies that we normally don’t get to eat. However, having everything that’s available in full size will pack extra pounds pretty quickly. So what I recommend is just trying everything that looks good. This way you get to satisfy your appetite but avoid overeating. And remember to eat slowly so your brain has time to register that you are full.

Focus on the Food. With busy schedules and lots of obligations, the holidays can make it very easy to be derailed from our healthy eating and fitness regimens. If you find that things are slipping through the cracks, focus on the food over fitness. If you continue with all of your workouts to compensate for a poor diet, you will most likely still see holiday weight gain. However, if you really stick to eating clean during this time, but find a few less workouts making it into your schedule, there is a really good chance that you can get back on track relatively easily come January.

These are all super simple and effective ways to avoid the typical holiday weight gain that so many experience. By following these tips, you’ll be able to bring in the New Year healthy and happy!

*The information on this site is designed for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Thank you!

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~by Kimberly Olson

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