10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Don’t turn into a Gingerbread this holiday season
Don't turn into a Gingerbread this holiday season
Don’t turn into a Gingerbread this holiday season

Ah, Thanksgiving. The official start of the holiday binging spree. Most people gain an average of 1 pound over the holidays. Granted, that doesn’t seem like a lot, but most of us don’t ever lose that pound, according to a study by The New England Journal of Medicine. Yikes! So rather than over-eating and regretting it later, try these healthy holiday strategies from Brian Lawson, Fitness Director at Core Concepts Personal Training, at the Mountainside Fitness gym in Peoria.”

Tide yourself over. Before you go out eat a small healthy meal at home. You’ll keep the munchies away when you arrive.

Eat as many veggies as you want. Snack throughout that special occasion on vegetables. Any vegetable is low carb and full of nutrients. Filling up on vegetables leaves less room, and less chance, for you to recklessly chow down. Remember to avoid the dips.

Avoid sauces. At the table, avoid the extra sauce. Sauces and gravies tend to be made with cream and/or butter and may add hundreds of extra, and unnecessary, calories.

Fill your plate with protein. Meats and cheeses will keep you feeling full and will control your appetite.

Fill up on water. One water, one wine. Use this ratio to cut back on alcohol calories.

Bring your own dish or dessert. That way you know exactly what ingredients went in.

Everything in moderation. Sweets, cookies, cakes, alcohol and just plain ole holiday foods. You can sample everything, just don’t make it a meal.

Politely decline.You are allowed to say “No thank you.” You don’t have to eat everything you see. It’s not rude, it’s your body.

Make time to get to the gym. Don’t make excuses. Don’t let all of your hard work get away… only to start fresh again in the New Year.

Always stay positive. If you blow it one day, no worries. Get back on your horse and do your best.


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