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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: How to Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too

Fall is here and with it comes a host of vibrant colors, fun activities, and holiday parties. Like many others, you may make the most of this season by going easy on your diet, and drinking and eating to your heart’s content. But when the holidays end, regret (and the realization that you’ve gained a few extra pounds) can hit you hard.

Here are a few ways to enjoy all the good food without worrying about holiday weight gain.

Moderation Is Key

As long as you keep your portions under control, you can still enjoy your favorite holiday dishes. When trying to eat in moderation, be wary of filling up on appetizers which many people overdo.  These are often deep fried or chock full of indulgent ingredients.  Cut down on appetizers and stick to one plate of food, one drink, and a small serving of dessert.  Also, try opting for healthy food substitutes which will go a long way in cutting down calories.

Keep Track of Your Drinks

Cocktails are often loaded with calories and added sugar. Alcohol lowers self-control which can result in your healthy eating rules going out the window. The chances are that you’ll end up eating more than you planned if you’re drinking in excess. Your best bet is to stick with a glass of wine, one or two cans of light beer, or wine spritzers. Cocktails like piña coladas and margaritas are the worst offenders since they are loaded with empty calories and loads of sugar.

Step Up Your Exercise Game

If you’re feeling guilty about all the food you’ve been eating around the holidays, the best thing you can do about it is to work out. Exercise plays a major role in weight management and can help cut down cravings. It can give you the freedom to indulge without excess weight gain. However, many people tend to slack off during this time of the year. In fact, you should be doing precisely the opposite and working out more. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and your body will thank you for it.

Final Thoughts

You don’t need to eliminate social events from your calendar to stay healthy during the holidays. It’s understandable that you want to make the most of this special time of year. By exercising some self-control and managing your schedule, you can live well and enjoy this wonderful season without regrets.

 

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