How to Avoid Weight Gain During the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a wonderful time from pumpkin pie, turkey to egg nog.  However, it is also a dangerous time in terms of your body’s health.  In fact, the average person will gain 5 pounds in the 6-week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and 1 pound during Christmas Day.  Although this doesn’t sound like a substantial amount of weight, the average person typically does not lose these extra pounds once the holiday season is over.

There are several methods to avoid this and we will delve into our recommendations below.

1)   Instead of waiting until the New Year to begin your resolutions, begin a healthful and active lifestyle immediately after the holidays.  This will encourage you to get into the habit of exercising regularly, as well as avoiding any high-fatty foods.

2)   During your holiday dinner, it is recommended to enjoy yourself and splurge a little.  It’s alright to splurge for one day as long as you return to your healthy eating plan the day after.  The holidays are all about food and family- it is alienating to be the person eating only veggies.

3)   Make smart choices.  During the holiday season, many parties will have lots of unhealthy snacks.  Pick and choose, but don’t overindulge yourself.

Although food plays a major part of the holidays, it is not the only aspect.  Be sure to focus on the other great aspects of this wonderful season, and you’ll be good to go!

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