Don't Allow Holiday Weight Gain the Ruin Your Party

By Virginia Laird

Are you already filling your calendar with holiday parties and family gatherings? With the long list of holiday events to attend can come another issue which plagues many across the nation this time of year. Holiday weight gain is something many people struggle to keep in check. Such weight gain is caused by the plethora of treats and sweets running rampant at each holiday party and event. Avoiding the delightful treats is simply not an option. Fortunately, dietitians have offered some advice to those trying to avoid the battle of the bulge this season, including:

  • Make healthy eating a priority daily
  • Reduce your stress
  • Have a plan

Make Healthy Eating a Priority Daily

Although you may be daydreaming about the sweets and goodies that are certain to be a part of your near future with the holiday season in full swing, consuming these treats can lead to weight gain. Holiday weight gain is a common problem across the nation. Research suggests one of the best ways to prevent this is to make it a priority to eat healthy on a daily basis. Eating healthy can help to curb your cravings of all things unhealthy.

Reduce Your Stress

Stress is no one’s friend. It can cause a wide variety of issues, including eating for comfort. The holiday season can invite a great deal of stress both at home as well as at work and school. Such stress can be the root cause of holiday weight gain. Research suggests those wanting to decrease their stress should take time to exercise daily, eat healthy, and get involved in a hobby. Decreasing stress can help keep added weight off the hips.

Have a Plan

Having a plan when it comes to the buffet at the holiday gathering is one of the best things you can do. Your plan can be a simple as sticking to only one trip to the buffet or keeping it to one plateful of food. Whatever your plan is, make sure you stick to it. This can help you avoid the holiday weight gain.

Don’t let the fear of gaining a few pounds over the holidays stop you from enjoying the parties and family events any longer. Apply the advice of professionals who specialize with helping others and their battle with weight management. Now get out there and have a blast this holiday season!

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

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