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3 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain

By Virginia Laird

Managing weight can prove to be a difficult task, especially with the holidays approaching. With thoughts of the sweets and treats that are sure to surround you in the next few weeks, you are sure to be tempted to indulge in far too much. Rather than fighting this battle, now is the time to begin taking control of cravings and your eating habits before you find yourself knee deep in holiday goodies. A few tips that you should consider following include:

  • Avoid drinking your calories
  • Include salad daily
  • Indulge in only one helping

Avoid Drinking Your Calories

Health and wellness experts say that consuming calories via beverages is risky when trying to avoid weight gain. While water is the best beverage, and zero calories, far too many rely on soda, juice, and sports drinks (among others) to quench thirst and satisfy the taste buds. Each of these are loaded with sugar and packed with calories. These experts insist that you should consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Start today tracking your water consumption to ensure that you maintain proper hydration.

Include a Salad Daily

There are many reasons you should start including a salad as part of your daily diet. Salads are low calorie, yet offer a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Including a salad each day can help manage your calorie count, as well as improve your overall wellness. Health and wellness experts warn that you should consider the salad dressing that you add to your salad. A large number of dressings include far too many calories and fat than should be included in a healthy diet. Make sure to double-check the labels before you begin pouring it over your salad.

Indulge in Only One Helping

Although it can be tempting to load your plate more than once at each meal, it is necessary that you avoid going back for seconds at each meal. This is one way that you can control your consumption of too many calories. It is also a way to help manage your weight. Skipping out on overeating can be one of the greatest tools in preventing weight gain. Start today, before the holidays get here, taking control of your eating habits. 

Now is the time to begin doing what you can do to manage your weight.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Charles, Mo.

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