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Make Holiday Weight Gain a Thing of the Past

By Virginia Laird

There is no need to assume that each year the holidays require the addition of a few pounds. Rather, health and wellness experts suggest that adding a few healthy habits to your routine can be a great tool in helping you prevent a growing waistline. A few of their tips include:

  • Stop drinking your calories
  • Eat a light snack prior to your big meal
  • Limit your bread consumption

Stop Drinking Your Calories

With the cooler weather settling in, you may be craving hot cocoa or apple cider. However, it is beverages such as this which can lead to weight gain throughout the season. While it can be nice to settle in by the fire with a warm cup of your favorite beverage, it can be a bad habit when it comes to weight control. Health and wellness experts suggest that you limit your consumption of beverages that are loaded with sugar and calories, including adult beverages. Drinking Your calories is a sure way to add more than a few to your overall daily consumption. Research suggests it is best to stick to water as your beverage of choice. These same experts suggest that limiting your consumption to once each week of other beverages may be the best way to keep track of your weight.

Eat a Light Snack Prior to Your Big Meal

Rather than planning to stuff yourself so full you are miserable at your holiday parties, health and wellness professionals suggest that you do light snacking before you go. This can help you curb your cravings of all things unhealthy. It is best to keep your snacking to fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. Research suggests that heading to a holiday gathering while starving is a recipe for overeating. Begin making it a habit to snack light prior to your party to help prevent holiday weight gain caused by over-consumption of tasty treats.

Limit Your Bread Consumption

When I think holidays, I imagine the smell of banana, pumpkin, and zucchini breads filling the house. Most of the time, these prove to be more than I can handle, and before I know it, I have consumed an entire loaf of bread. If you have a love for baking these breads, health and wellness experts suggest it is best to have a plan to share these. Breads are one treat which can pack on the weight. Although tasty, they are full of carbs which offer few benefits to your health. Limiting your consumption of breads, including rolls at dinner, can help you avoid packing on the pounds this holiday season.

Make this year a successful holiday by using this advice to avoid holiday weight gain. Good luck!

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

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