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Don't Let the Holidays Add to Your Waistline

By Virginia Laird

For many across the nation, the joy of the holiday season can be accompanied by stress and weight gain. While there may be little you can do to decrease the stress, there are some things that you can do to help avoid packing on the pounds this holiday season, including:

  • Don’t drink your calories
  • Write down what you eat
  • Go for a walk

Don’t Drink Your Calories

If you are looking to avoid packing on the holiday pounds while enjoying your laundry list of parties to attend, avoid drinking the punch. Fitness instructors suggest keeping off unwanted weight can be as simple as sticking to water, rather than the calorie-filled traditional holiday favorites.

Write Down What You Eat

Weight loss professionals suggest writing down what you eat as one of the best things to do to help control weight loss and gain. Writing it down can help make the consumer more responsible when making choices about what and how much to eat. While attending the holiday gatherings that are sure to be a part of your life the next few weeks, you will be surrounded by an overwhelming amount of food and treats. Keeping a food journal is a sure way to help keep off the holiday weight gain that many experience this time of year.

Go for a Walk

Need to exercise but do not have time to spend at the gym? Fitness instructors recommend a brisk walk can provide the same benefits as hitting the gym. Exercise of any sort can help burn calories and keep off unwanted weight. Eliminate your excuses and grab a friend or neighbor and get a few minutes of walking in through your neighborhood. You will be glad you did!

These tips, along with many others, can be found at the advice of healthcare professionals, fitness instructors, personal trainers and even dieticians. Finding support while trying to lose weight or simply avoid gaining weight can play an important role in your success. You are not alone in your battle to beat the holiday pounds. Have a friend or family member help you keep track of your goals and return the favor.

Get ready to enjoy your next holiday party without letting the holidays and all the treats that can accompany add to your waistline. Happy Holidays!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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