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Seasonal Diet Tips

Explore our expert knowledge on topics such as healthy eating during the holidays, and how to live into a happier and healthier you in the New Year. Discover tips and tricks on how to avoid weight gain at holiday parties and while on vacation.

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Though the holidays are meant to be relished, some individuals are anxious related to all of the foods exposed at celebrations and parties. But in addition to actually enjoying the holidays without such worry, that notorious holiday weight does not have to (or need to be) inevitable. Avoid holiday weight gain this season with these healthful suggestions!

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid and Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

Stay Consistent
The holidays can certainly be busy and require much more of your time, mostly taking it away from time dedicated towards weight loss. Although the hustle and bustle may seem (and very much well be) overwhelming, try staying as consistent as possible with goals prior to the holidays. Still try wake up to tackle that morning workout or follow through with meal prepping. But if those tasks seem inevitable to implement, focus on the fundamentals - sticking to serving sizes, achieving the recommended water intake (even if a glass of wine is present), getting a full night's sleep, etc. And if uncertainty of time impedes on workouts, just try to stay as active as possible, including walking the dog or these quick, 10-minute workouts ideas.

Don't Use Holidays as an Excuse
It is not uncommon for individuals to anticipate weight gain over the holiday season. However, viewing the holidays as an excuse to gain weight can be detrimental to all the efforts you have recently put into health. If going into the holidays with this mentality, it will more than likely lead to weight gain despite your desire to continue weight loss patterns. Health experts do commonly agree, though, instead of focusing on weight loss, redirect your mindset to weight maintenance. And although it is admirable lose (or want to lose) weight over the holiday season, focusing on weight maintenance can also reduce the stress of the holidays and allow you to enjoy them just that more.

Approach Food in A Healthy Way
There is no doubt food is abundant, or even the core, at holiday celebrations. But instead of visualizing foods as a "free-for-all," approach it with a different attitude. Most commonly, hosts and its contributors spend hours in the kitchen to perfect foods and minor details. So rather than scarfing down food, approach them in a more healthful way. Reflect on all the time it took to prepare each dish and relish the flavors it brings, further focusing on your innate hunger and satiety cues. And remember, food really is not what brought you to the party or dinner table, but rather all of those people filling the room or sitting around it. So along with enjoying the tasty food, enjoy the company of close friends, coworkers, family, and other loved ones.

Ultimately, the holiday season is meant to be enjoyed and adding more on to your plate (both figuratively and literally) can provoke not only stress, but weight gain. So instead of biting more off than you can chew, offer some sort of structure to your schedule and approach the holidays with a positive, healthful attitude!

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