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3 Secrets to Keeping Holiday Weight Gain Away

By Virginia Laird

There is something exciting about this time of year. The beauty of the holiday lights twinkling at night, the joy of the music special to the season, and the endless sharing of treats can all help welcome the feelings of kindness and joy. Another thing many feel this time of year is the struggle to keep additional, unwanted weight gain at bay. Nutrition specialists offer a few secrets to keeping added weight away when indulging in the vast assortment of treats, including:

  • Bring a healthy treat to share
  • Make drinking water a priority
  • Don’t sit next to the dessert table

Bring a Healthy Treat to Share

Bringing a healthy snack or treat to share with partygoers is a great way to ensure you have a nutritious snack to enjoy while there. Since you are bringing enough to share, no one is any the wiser that you have an ulterior (healthy eating) motive.

Make Drinking Water a Priority

The body needs water to maintain proper function. This includes its ability to shed (and keep off) pounds. Staying hydrated can be your secret to avoid packing on the pounds as you enjoy the variety of party foods this season. Drinking plenty of water can benefit in the following ways:

  • Water can serve as a filler helping to curb your appetite
  • Water helps flush the body of toxins
  • Water is zero calorie

As you struggle with your weight journey throughout the holidays, make sure to include plenty of water in your diet.

Don’t Sit Next to the Dessert Table

While attending your party, it can be tempting to gather around the dessert table, however this is the worst thing you can do for your health and your waist. It is far better to find a place to park away from the food that will tempt you the most. When parked near your favorites, it can be easy to munch the entire time you are visiting without ever noticing how much you are actually eating. This can lead to the dreadful weight gain of the holiday season you desperately want to avoid. Instead, grab a small plate, serve yourself what you think you will (or should eat) and find a place far away from the food to sit and visit with friends.

Now whip up a healthy treat to carry with you and head over to the party! Happy Holidays!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Holly Springs, N.C.

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