25 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is a challenging time for everyone’s waistline. Most people gain one to two pounds during the holidays and those who are already overweight may gain five oholiday weight gainr more pounds. We all know those pesky pounds don’t disappear along with the holiday decorations, but it is possible to enjoy the holidays without throwing your healthy habits out the window. You can indulge in your favorite holiday foods and still make it to the New Year wearing the same size (or smaller!). Follow these simple tips to keep your calories and weight in check during the holiday season.

  1. Prioritize your favorite holiday foods to eat in moderation – don’t waste your calories on foods you can eat at any time during the year.
  2. Focus on foods loaded with protein and healthy fat first before turning toward carbohydrates.
  3. Be the last in line at party buffets – food will look less enticing after it’s been picked over.
  4. holiday-weight-gainWear tighter clothes to holiday parties to discourage you from overeating.
  5. Always eat from the salad plate to make it easy to select smaller portions, but don’t test your architecture skills by building a food tower.
  6. Savor your food by chewing slowly.
  7. Concentrate on socializing instead of snacking – there’s more to the holidays than just food!
  8. Learn to say “no” to seconds and unwanted food; don’t accept food to only please the host.
  9. Chew gum to keep your mouth busy and to decrease your cravings for sweet and salty treats.
  10. Don’t deprive yourself – forbidding yourself from certain foods will only make them more attractive.
  11. Eat healthy foods first.
  12. Don’t leave tempting treats on your kitchen counter – out of sight, out of mind!
  13. Sign-up for a fun holiday 5 or 10K race. (Sign up for the Total Jingle Bell Run here.)
  14. Pace yourself by not eating the first half hour of a party.
  15. Eat beforehand – munch on some string cheese, peanut butter crackers or fruit to keep yourself from going to a party in a state of starvation.
  16. Limit alcohol to keep your liquid calories and your food intake in control.
  17. Bring your own low-calorie treats to parties.
  18. Drink water before, during and after  parties and meals  to help you feel fuller
  19. Sleep eight hours per night – sleep deprivation enhances your appetite and sweet tooth cravings while zapping your energy for exercise.
  20. ?????????????Avoid eating while standing – it’s more difficult to keep track of how much you’ve eaten when you’re on your feet and moving around.
  21. Only eat foods you really like – why waste calories on foods you could care less about?
  22. Get moving – walk away from the food and jog into some exercise. Don’t let your busy holiday schedule deter you from regular physical activity.
  23. Weigh yourself at least twice per week.
  24. Keep your food tastings to a minimum when cooking – avoid licking the cake batter spoon!
  25. Brew some peppermint tea.

Jordyn Forsyth is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She specializes in weight management, chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Jordyn strives to educate, empower and encourage others to make sustainable lifestyle changes. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Sciences from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.

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