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5 Tips for Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

By Lara Hamilton RDN, CDE

Preventing holiday weight-gain is not as difficult as you may think if you rely on science to base your choices. The holiday season is filled with candy, cookies, treats, desserts and alcoholic drinks which can lead to unwanted weight gain for many people. This fact would not be so detrimental if those pounds could easily drop with well-intended New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, most people never reclaim their pre-holiday waistline. Even if you only carry one pound each season, that one pound can add up to a weight control issue over several years.

Holiday overeating can disrupt your usual positive relationship with food, which can make you feel less than optimal. Extra pounds can add up and can contribute to general feelings of anxiety and ill-health or even diseases that require medication management. You can still enjoy delicious holiday treats this season, the key is to making well-informed choices and preparing your strategy before you are faced with an over-flowing table of traditional foods laden with empty calories. 

  • Schedule a video visit with a registered dietitian before kicking off the celebration season. Setting your plan for tackling the high-calorie snacks and cocktail options will allow you to rely on your better understanding of each tasty bite and whether it will make the good or naughty list.

  • Learn where the calories are lurking. You may be surprised to find that a simple swap means you can still enjoy your old favorites and skip the need for your stretchy pants. 

  • Alternate alcoholic beverages with sparkling water (don’t forget to bring a cooler of no-calorie choices in case your host doesn’t have any on hand). Add a slice of fruit or some cranberries and serve in a fancy glass to make for a festive faux-cocktail.

  • Try to complete your daily exercise first thing in the morning to avoid sabotage by a busy to-do list.

  • While you are at holiday gatherings, walk around and make sure to move after eating, don’t remain inactive, work the room instead!

This is the time of year when time is scarce and convenience becomes tempting. The DMG dietitians are able to help you weigh your options and make choices to help you sail through the next several weeks feeling confident and in control. Plan to devote your energy to visiting with family and friends and enjoying the season rather than preoccupying yourself about derailing all your healthy eating habits.

If you think you could benefit from a 30 minute consult with a DMG dietitian, click here to schedule.



Topics and Subtopics: General Health & Diet & Nutrition

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