Strategies to Stave Off Holiday Weight Gain

ByMicky Marie Morrison, PT, ICPFE
Contributing Writer
Mar 2016
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In the wake of Thanksgiving — which in my case was nearly a full week of overindulgence — most of us are already struggling to fit back into those skinny jeans. The pounds go on effortlessly, but shedding them isn’t so easy. With Christmas right round the corner and the holiday parties starting as soon as this week, now is the time to take precautions so that your New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be a 20-pound weight loss.

Eat before holiday parties

Eat a full, healthy meal at home before you go to a party. Then you can sample all the delectables without overindulging.

Count carbs

You don’t have to actually count the number of grams of carbohydrates you ingest, but be aware of your extra carb intake so that you can pass at other times. You can have a cookie or two at the office, but skip the bread with lunch. Have a piece of pecan pie or several hors d’oeuvres, but opt out of pasta for dinner and go for a salad instead.

Eat your calories, don’t drink them

Try to avoid sugary beverages if you are going to be indulging in sugary treats. Having both is a recipe for weight gain.

Step away from the food table

At parties or at the office or holiday parties in the neighborhood, try to choose a spot away from the food table. Use a small plate or a napkin to carefully choose your treats, then step away. Out of sight, out of mind.

Move, even for a moment

However small your workout, try to do something physical every day. It may only be five trips up and down the stairs or a 15-minute lap around the parking lot at lunch, but it counts. Carve out a few minutes to follow a short online video on your phone, wherever you are.

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