From your health and wellness experts at Palmetto Health
Health, Women's Health
December 06, 2018

10 tips to help prevent holiday weight gain

Studies show that the average American gains seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. To help you stay on track this holiday season, below are 10 tips.
 
  1. Treat yourself to some seasonal goodies like pumpkin pie, but try to resist foods that are available anytime of the year, such as brownies.
  2. Eat slowly. It takes a full 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full. By eating fast, you could stuff yourself before you have time to realize you’ve already had enough.
  3. Always eat a little before you go to a party, so you aren’t very hungry when you arrive.
  4. Use a napkin instead of a plate at holiday parties; you can’t put as much on a napkin.
  5. Wear clothes that are formfitting, not baggy, so you feel thin and less likely to overindulge yourself.
  6. Alcohol is high in calories and can weaken your resolve. Drink in moderation or not at all. Remember to designate a driver who will not be drinking.
  7. Eat fiber-rich foods with complex carbohydrates. Things like fresh veggies, whole grains and fruit will keep you full longer and make you burn more calories to digest them.
  8. Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a drug that can cause irritability, nervousness and anxiety. Watch out for coffee, tea, cola and chocolates. Use in moderation.
  9. A 20- to 30-minute walk every day provides numerous benefits.
  10. Exercise before you go out socially. It will increase your sense of wellness and will suppress your appetite for a couple of hours.

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