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Don't Be a Victim of Holiday Weight Gain

By Virginia Laird

With the holiday season in full swing you are certain to find yourself attending a few parties, surrounded by an overwhelming variety of food fit for royalty. This can be the most vulnerable of situations if you are trying to watch your weight. Holiday weight gain is something with which many people struggle. Although it is a nice idea to plan to go to a party and avoid the buffet altogether, it is not a practical one. There are many tips offered by weight loss experts and fitness gurus which can help you avoid packing on the holiday pounds, including:

  • Using smaller plates are best when trying to avoid overeating
  • Slow down on the alcohol
  • Educate yourself on portions

Using Smaller Plates are Best When Trying to Avoid Overeating

While at the party, it can be difficult to avoid partaking in the endless buffet of holiday treats. Better than trying to abstain from eating any of the goodies, help limit the amount you eat by using a smaller plate. Fact: Small plates simply hold less than larger plates. Using them forces you to pile on a little less than you may have if you were using a dinner plate.

Slow Down on the Alcohol

While an alcoholic beverage may be your favorite when attending a party, it is not the best choice for those wanting to skip the weight gain which can accompany the holiday season. Alcoholic beverages are simply empty calories, offering no nutritional value. Consider drinking one or two fewer beverages at your next holiday gathering and save those calories for the great food. Keep in mind that water is the best beverage of choice for several reasons, including:

  • Water has no calories
  • Water helps the body fight off illness
  • Water keeps the functions of the body working properly
  • Water keeps you hydrated
  • Water helps to flush toxins from the body

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.

Now grab your best holiday attire and get out there and enjoy your party with confidence knowing you will not fall victim to holiday weight gain.

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

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