November is the unofficial start to the holiday season, and along with gifts and gatherings, the holidays also bring with them calories. Lots and lots of calories in the form of Christmas cookies and Thanksgiving pies and everything in between.
All these extras add up, and if you’re like most Americans, you’ll put on a pound or two by New Year’s Day.
So what’s the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it’s just a pound? According to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity.
WebMD has some great, common sense ways for you to keep from gaining weight this holiday season.
Never Arrive Hungry
New York psychologist Carol Goldberg, PhD, says planning ahead can help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. “Don’t go to a party when you’re starving,” she warns.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. “It’s not just about calories but about control,” Finn explains. “If you drink a lot you, won’t have as much control over what you eat.”
Walk it Off
Make a new holiday tradition: the family walk. Besides burning some extra calories, this will get everyone away from the food for awhile.
Visit WebMD for the rest of their tips to avoid holiday weight gain.