Eight ways to avoid holiday weight gain
It’s the time of year to celebrate the season with friends and family and gatherings typically involve plenty of food. But how do you enjoy the holidays without worrying about if your clothes will be too snug in the New Year?
“With holiday parties, office potlucks and hectic schedules, it is likely that many will not be sticking to their regular eating patterns and exercise regime,” says Theresa Diduck, Senior Clinical Dietician at The Scarborough Hospital. “Holidays are a time when people like to indulge. The key is moderation.”
Theresa shares eight tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain:
- Don’t go to the party hungry. You are more likely to overeat if you are hungry. A healthy snack prior to the party will help you avoid overeating.
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water which not only is calorie free, but helps you to keep hydrated during our winter season.
- Watch your alcohol intake. Many alcoholic drinks are high in calories and the more your drink, the less likely you are to watch what you eat.
- Make your choices wisely. With tables full of food at holiday gatherings, choose items like fresh fruits and vegetables and be cautious of dips and sauces.
- Stay active during the holiday. If keeping up with your regular exercise routine is difficult during the holidays, substitute family activities. An evening neighbourhood walk or an afternoon family skate are great ways to fit in exercise and enjoy time with your family.
- Limit sweets. Don’t deny yourself a few treats during the holidays but be careful not to over indulge.
- Be aware of how often you taste test your food while cooking.
- Don’t forget to socialize at get-togethers. Remember the party is about gathering with friends and family. Focus on the conversation, not the food.