Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Do you know how to avoid gaining weight during the holidays without spending too much time exercising? Keeping weight off without a trip to the gym is easier than many think.

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The key is portion control: try a little bit of everything, but don’t go overboard and consume too much in one sitting. Give yourself permission to try those special holiday dishes in small quantities. If you try to stop yourself from sampling a dish, it can intensify cravings. The secret to enjoying all the great food without the subsequent guilt is to have a little of everything.

Create a goal and stick to it. Envision why you want to keep weight off during the holidays, and picture it as you are serving Thanksgiving dinner onto your plate. This step is critical if you want to be able to enjoy your holidays and maintain your weight throughout.

Pay attention to portion sizes and overall caloric intake. Whether it’s meal size or the impulse to snack, calories can add up quickly. Avoid the tempting candy or chocolate bar in the candy bowl, and pick a healthy, filling snack. Otherwise, snacking between meals can add up to a lot of extra calories. And when it’s time to fill your plate? Remember the USDA guidelines and daily food group targets for a complete meal.

Just remember: stick to your goals, watch portion sizes and snacking, and savor each bite.

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