– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes
The holidays can be a difficult time for many people for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons may be weight gain.
It’s no surprise that maintaining and not gaining can be very challenging over the holidays, especially considering the holiday parties, calorie-rich foods and over-indulging. The average person gains between 1 to 3 pounds. While this may not seem like much, it is for most people. Why? Because they don’t lose it when the holidays are over. In fact, the holidays tend to be a big contributor to a person’s annual weight gain.
So, what can you do to help avoid the extra pounds? Here are a few helpful tips:
- Stay active – walk more and sit less.
- Control your stress – holidays can be stressful. And for some, that means eating more. Use healthy stress relieving techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing to help.
- Cut back on desserts.
- Use a smaller dessert plate for your holiday meal.
- Plan ahead – don’t arrive at your party hungry. Before you go, eat something healthy and filling.
- Take smaller portions and think twice before you splurge on a second helping.
- Think about the drink. Remember alcohol has calories. For example, a 5 oz. glass of wine has 120 – 130 calories.
To learn more, here are 20 tips to help you avoid weight gain during the holidays.