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Monday, November 14, 2011

Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Gaining weight during the holidays is common, but not inevitable. Plan ahead and avoid holiday weight gain by following these simple tips:

- Since stress can cause weight gain, manage stress by getting enough sleep and exercise to reduce stress and prevent stress eating.

- Watch portion sizes and eat favorite holiday foods, such as sugary cakes and cookies, in moderation.

- Limit alcohol to avoid too many extra calories. At parties, alternate alcoholic beverages with sparkling water with lemon.

- Avoid skipping meals, as this may lead to overeating later on, a slowdown in metabolism, and fatigue.

- Get an adequate amount of sleep, since lack of sleep makes it harder to resist fattening foods.

- Never go to parties hungry since it is easy to overeat when famished. Eat a small, nutritious snack before leaving for a party or drink a tall glass of water before hitting the buffet table.

- Prepare baked foods or holiday meals using natural sweeteners or lower-calorie and lower-fat versions of ingredients.

- Eat slowly at meals and wait at least 15 minutes before going back for a second helping. This gives the body enough time to feel satiated.

- Maintain a normal workout schedule to balance food intake and calorie burn. If time is an issue, consider shorter, more intense workouts.

Keep it fresh!
- Lauren

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