Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight During the Holidays

Here are some good tips I’ve read or heard about:

  • Go ahead and have small servings of things you like that are fattening…just eat in moderation!
  • Eat slowly and chew your food well.
  • Drink water with your meals (or tea) – I’ve heard to drink a glass of water before the meal.
  • Try to choose some items off fresh fruit and vegetable platters.
  • Try to choose something with fiber which will make you full faster (whole grain breads, whole grain crackers, fresh fruits and vegetables)
  • Sit farther away from a buffet table so it’s less convenient to get seconds.
  • Visit with people so you have something to take your mind off of eating.
  • At home, keep cookies, candy, and treats out of sight in a place that’s not easy to reach.
  • Go for a brisk walk – It not only helps your metabolism, but it also helps relieve stress.
  • In parking lots, park away from the store so you get in some extra walking time. (A few minutes here and there adds up.)
  • Whenever you have the chance, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Get enough sleep – people have a tendency to eat more when they’re tired and stressed.

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