Simple Tips to Avoid Unwanted Holiday Weight Gain
A holly, jolly holiday … with a side of unwanted weight gain? It's
that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner—frosted
cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor's, jelly doughnuts
for Hanukkah or chocolates in your stocking. Avoiding holiday weight gain
can seem like an uphill battle. Our own Dr. Crystal Bowe offers 5 useful
tips to help you fight the battle of the holiday bulge:
Cut out sugary drinks. Replacing your sweet tea or soda with a zero-calorie drink, or water,
is an easy way to decrease your caloric intake at each meal without cutting
out festive food. Eliminating these extra calories is a great way to stay
on track with your diet during the holidays.
Drink a glass of water before each meal. Drinking an 8 oz. glass of water before each meal can decrease the amount
of calories you eat with that meal. Since most of us don’t drink
enough water each day anyway, this tip will help you stay hydrated and
cut calories at the same time!
Use a smaller plate. It may sound silly, but using a smaller plate can help decrease the amount
of food you eat per meal. This tip is an easy way to reduce portion size.
You only eat what you can fit on the plate.
Wait at least 15 minutes before having a second helping. After using a smaller plate, waiting 15 minutes before having your second
helping gives your stomach time to tell your brain if you are really still
hungry or not. You can use this 15-minute break during the holidays to
chat with family and friends, clean up, or even take a walk.
Walk it off. There is nothing better than a little exercise to help combat holiday
weight gain. Increasing your physical activity each day by walking may
also help you feel better and have more energy. Aim for a minimum of 30
minutes a day. During the holidays, walking can be a great way to help
kids burn off excess energy and to connect with family and friends.
Using these tips during the holidays (and even year-round) can help you
avoid unwanted weight gain while still enjoying the holiday season.
About Crystal Bowe, MD
Dr. Crystal Bowe MD, MPH is a board certified family physician and a provider
at CaroMont Family Medicine—South Gaston in Gastonia NC.