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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Posted on: December 15, 2017

People experience the most unwanted weight gain from Halloween to New Year’s. Studies show that weight gained over this eight-week period can take months to lose. The days and weeks leading up to the holidays and after can be stressful enough without having to worry about stepping on the scale.

Mercy Weight Management Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain 2017Practice these tips to help prevent weight gain during the holiday season.

  1. If you still have Halloween candy in your house, throw it out. Remove the temptation. And while you are at it, throw away any other tempting foods or drinks. Out of sight, out of mind.
  2. When having a party, send home the leftovers with guests. Make healthy dishes, so you will be less tempted.
  3. When going to a party, eat a healthy snack or meal beforehand to minimize high caloric and fat intake. Try bringing your own healthy dish to share.
  4. When at a buffet, check out all your food options first. Stick to one plate and no going back for seconds!
  5. DO NOT skip meals to prepare for overeating at dinner. It is crucial to keep your metabolism up by eating consistently throughout the day.
  6. Pass on the dessert. Eat fruit instead.
  7. Eat protein first, then vegetables to get full from healthier options before the carbohydrates.
  8. Water, water, water! Drinking water will help you fill up without the added calories.
  9. Drink sugar-free beverages, such as hot tea or coffee to help curb appetite. Limit the alcohol.
  10. Set an exercise goal. Try the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank for the annual Selfless Elf 5k on December 16, 2017, or Jackson’s Don’t Drop the Ball NYE 5k on December 31, 2017.

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