Gaining 5-10 pounds is common during the holidays. However, getting the weight off can be tough. Here are 10 steps to prevent weight gain this year.
The holidays are upon us…with Halloween candy behind us and Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve before us, the recipe for weight gain is set.
For many people, a gain of 5 to 10 pounds is common during the holidays. However, getting the weight off can be a challenge. Here are 10 steps to prevent weight gain this year.
1. Don’t deprive yourself.Just have three luscious bites instead of three pieces of pie. Studies show that the more deprived a person feels, the more preoccupied they become with food. If you allow yourself to have a few bites instead of depriving yourself, you will feel less like eating the whole pie later – when no one is looking.
2. Increase your exercise time by 10 to 20 minutes – either all at once or throughout your day.
According to the American College of Sports medicine you can get your exercise in 10-minute segments of time and it is just as effective as if you exercise for a full 30 minutes. During the holidays it is hard to fit a block of exercise time into a busy schedule, but we can all find 10 minutes to walk, dance, or jump around.
3. Find five slimming, healthy recipes to take to pot-luck holiday dinners.Pot luck dinners, especially holiday pot luck dinners, can be a dangerous place if you are trying to lose or maintain weight. The buffet is usually loaded with delicious comfort food because cooks always bring their best to pot luck functions. With a little planning and creativity, you can make an addition to the buffet that tastes good and is healthy. When in doubt, bring grapes, raw vegetables and low-calorie dip, or other healthful dish. You know that you will have something to eat that is good and good for you.
4. Have a healthy snack before a holiday dinner so you don’t eat so much.
Snacks have gotten a bad rap for ruining appetites, but it’s a charge that is undeserved. Snacks can actually help curb your appetite so that you do not overeat during a meal or dinner party. The right kind of snack, such as a handful of walnuts or almonds, can also regulate blood sugar and keep hunger pangs at bay.