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I need tips to avoid holiday party weight gain! Help!

We are all in the same boat here – trying to avoid the average 5-8 pounds that many of us tend to gain from Thanksgiving to New Year.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there since after New Year’s Day come Super Bowl parties, Valentine’s Day candy then Easter celebrations. Not to mention birthday parties, potluck dinners and all the picnics and events we attend throughout the year.

The ideal thing would be to practice sensible eating strategies for every day that include eating at a party or get together.

Here are some tips for watching our weight every day of the year:

  1. Don’t skip meals especially before an event. It will only lead to over eating when your empty stomach growls for the lovely sights your eyes spot on the food table.
  2. Drink a glass of water before you leave for a party or before your meal to help quench hunger.
  3. Use the smallest plate available such as a dessert plate for dinner. You won’t be tempted to overfill a large plate with goodies and clean your plate before you realize it!
  4. Eat mindfully even at a party. Enjoy the company, hold a conversation, put down the fork between bites and sip on a glass of water during the meal. Enjoy the seasonal aromas and flavors with each bite.
  5. Listen to your body’s cues of fullness. If you are mindful about when you are full, it will be easier to stop before you get full with more calories than you need.
  6. Steer clear of the creamy dishes and pick out healthier options. If you do take a few calorie laden options including dessert, take just a few bites to satisfy your cravings for holiday indulgence.
  7. Bring your own healthy dish to the party if you think there might not be choices that will keep your health goals on track.
  8. Rethink your drink. Many cocktails and punches are loaded with added sugars and calories. Try different lower calorie options that still pack a flavor punch!

Even during the holidays, remembering that your health is a top priority will help you make the best choices to avoid the extra weight gain just because it was a party!

It isn’t all about overeating during the holidays and throughout the year that derails our health goals, It is also too little physical activity. Don’t forget to keep active and get some exercise too to burn off even the bites you enjoyed at the party!

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