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Holiday Weight Gain: 3 Tips to Avoid It

By Virginia Laird

It is the time of year when people across the nation indulge is a wide variety of goodies and delightful food while attending various holiday parties. This can be detrimental to the waist. The addition of unwanted pounds can be depressing. Healthcare professionals, along with diet specialists, have issued several tips to help those who would like to enjoy the holidays but avoid the weight gain. These tips include:

  • Stay on routine
  • Limit yourself to one dessert
  • Try to avoid tasting everything you cook

Stay on Routine

When the holiday season arrives, it may be tempting to fall out of routine, opting instead to skip workouts, eat out more, or just be a little lazy while soaking up the joy of the season. This can be problematic for some. Research suggests, for those trying to avoid packing on the holiday pounds, that maintaining your normal routine is best for the body. Making certain to get enough sleep, keep up exercise habits -- as well as healthy eating habits -- can all help prevent the addition of some pounds.

Limit Yourself to One Dessert

If you are like me, you have a major sweet tooth. This is one problem I find difficult to battle when confronted with a wide variety of sweets and treats during the holiday season. Nutrition specialists have recommended trying to limit yourself to only one dessert at each gathering you attend. This is a way to help curb the number of calories you consume. While it can still be a difficult rule to follow, knowing this is the plan can make it more manageable to adhere to.

Try to Avoid Tasting Everything You Cook

As the cook in the house, it can be vital to taste most things before serving them. However, this is one way to add a ton of calories to your consumption without ever realizing exactly how much is being added. A spoonful here or there adds up quickly. There are a few options to help solve this dilemma, including:

  • Use only tried and true recipes
  • Follow new recipes to the letter with no variation
  • Allow others to share the burden of tasting the treats

All of these suggestions are ways you can decrease your calorie consumption in an effort to avoid packing on the holiday pounds.

Now you are armed with the facts you need to partake of the holiday treats and prevent the weight gain. Now get out there and enjoy your holiday party!

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

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