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3 Tips to Prevent Packing on the Holiday Pounds

By Virginia Laird

The holiday season can bring a variety of emotions. Many experience a great deal of joy, while others find plenty of reasons to stress out. Getting the shopping done, planning parties and get-togethers, and feeling the crunch to wrap up loose ends at work can be a lot to handle. Research suggests even more individuals stress about gaining weight during the holiday season. The struggle is real. Fortunately, fitness experts as well as healthcare professionals have offered a list of things that can be done to help eliminate the stress of weight gain from the laundry list of things that can cause stress this time of year. A few of these tips include:

  • Educate yourself on portions
  • Limit the calories you drink
  • Don’t eat every dessert on the buffet

Educate Yourself on Portions

Although it can take a great deal of time, it is a good idea to educate yourself on the various portion sizes of holiday treats. Arming yourself with this information can help you keep count of your calorie consumption. While no one likes to count calories, it is one way to avoid packing on the holiday pounds.

Limit the Calories You Drink

It is far too easy to drink a large quantity of calories without thought of how it may affect your diet. For this reason, personal trainers advise those who want to avoid gaining the holiday weight to skip out on calorie-filled beverages. Instead, they recommend reaching for water as the beverage of choice. With water being a zero calorie choice, this leaves all calories to be consumed for desserts and holiday favorites.

Don’t Eat Every Dessert on the Buffet

One of the most common mistakes many make while attending holiday parties is trying each and every dessert on the buffet. Doing this can be a sure way to pack on unwanted pounds. For starters, trying a serving of each treat is certain to overload the body on sugar. It will also lead to exceeding the number of calories you should consume daily. It is better to limit the number of sweets you consume.

With one less thing to stress over, you are ready to sit back and enjoy your next holiday party. Now put on your favorite holiday outfit, put your other stresses behind for the night and enjoy yourself. Happy Holidays!

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

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