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4 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

4 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, frothy mugs of eggnog, sugary cookies, and plenty of good cheer. It is a lovely season, but once the new year arrives, many of us are filled with regret. The average person gains between 5 and 10 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s. Starting 2014 with a spare sixer can be stressful and less-than-ideal. Start the new year off right and avoid January dieting by practicing holiday weight maintenance. The coming onslaught of holiday parties can sabotage even the most determined holiday waistline, so stick to these 4 useful tips for guidance.

Skip the apps. Let’s face it, in the battle between appetizers and dessert, dessert always wins. Pass up the cheese and crackers and nuts, which can rack up the calories with continual snacking. Grab yourself a beverage, and hold out until the main course. If you are going to indulge in apps, stick to one or two high protein treats like prosciutto wrapped figs.

Acquire your target. Choose one thing you’d like to splurge on and stick to it. Focused on that chocolate martini? Eat a miniature portion of dessert. Know you’re going to stuff your face with cheesecake? Choose low calorie alcoholic beverages and focus on the protein and veggies during the main course. By sticking to one big splurge, you won’t feel like you are restricting yourself, but in reality you will save hundreds of calories.

Enjoy yourself. If you have to unbutton your pants on the way home, don’t panic! One night of festivities isn’t going to ruin your diet. Just jump right back in the saddle the next morning. Have multiple, back-to-back parties this week? Only indulge in what is really worth it. A good rule I like to follow is only eat it if it is made from scratch. That means none of those sugar cookies that come in all spectrums of the rainbow, no grocery store-bought pies, no cakes from a box mix. These more processed baked goods are less healthy — if not higher in calories — than their thoughtfully concocted counterparts. Plus, they simply don’t taste quite as exquisite. (Exceptions to this rule include pies and pastries from high quality bakeries or exceptional mountain diners.) In essence, only indulge in the really good stuff and you’ll still have a blast.

Keep exercising. It can be easy to stop your workout routine in the winter. It’s colder, we enjoy more comfort foods, and even our clothes are cozier. But keeping a steady exercise routine is perhaps even more important in the winter. It will keep your immune system and energy up, while keeping those extra indulgences in check. If you are not in the mood to push the cardio sessions, try yoga in the mornings, which will burn calories while relaxing your mind from the stress of the holiday season.

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Feel free to enjoy yourself — it’s the holidays after all! Drink some eggnog, have that extra slice of pie, just as long as you set some guidelines for yourself. By keeping your holiday helpings in check, you won’t have any extra pounds to regret next year.

 

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at jordyncormier.com.

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2:49AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

thanks

2:30AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

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2:10AM PST on Jan 14, 2014

Noted, thanks.

4:05PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks for sharing

7:52PM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Wish I would've seen this before the holdays. LOL. Oh well, thank you for sharing.

10:08AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Thanks Jordyn for sharing the suggestions.

12:51AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

I didn't overeat or drink too much, boo, I was trying to :)

1:15PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Getting right to the core argument, select a roll of duct tape in your favorite flavor, and tape that gaping cake-hole shut!

3:13AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

too late!! hehehe

12:20AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Just follow the rules to avoid weight gain anyway!

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