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5 Tips on Dealing with Holiday Weight Gain

Testing your willpower to stay away from eating too much food is common during the holiday season. Combined with the good company of your family and friends, giving in to sumptuous food is easier than saying “no.” So, here are 5 tips to help you from gaining too much this season:

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Be Extra Mindful of Alcohol Choices
Celebrations and family get-togethers provide plenty of opportunities to imbibe, but choosing the right drink can help relieve your post-holiday ick feeling. “Limit yourself to one or two drinks in a sitting, and opt for wine, vodka with a low-sugar mixer, or a dry cider,” says Chicago dietitian Kelly Schmidt, R.D., a nutrition counselor at Paleo Infused Nutrition. Things to skip: margaritas, the punch bowl, and beer. Source: Glamour

Make Smart Substitutions
Look for nutritious low-calorie alternatives to sugary, high-fat treats. Try frozen grapes instead of candy. Use air-popped popcorn instead of oil-popped. Dip fresh strawberries in fat-free fudge sauce for a sensuous chocolaty treat. Source: RD

Wait Before Grabbing Seconds
Like we’ve mentioned, the quicker we eat a meal, the less time we give our bodies to register fullness. Since it takes about 20 minutes for the brain to get the message that dinner’s been served, it’s best to go for a walk or chat with friends before dishing up seconds. Source: Greatist

Shovel Snow
It’s one of the more dreaded household tasks, but shoveling snow can burn nearly 500 calories (this will come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever struggled to clear their driveway after a big storm).  Source: Health

Remember Each Meal Isn’t the Last Supper
From the time Halloween candy hits stores in early October, we’re bombarded with treats and temptations at every turn. What’s worse, we often act as if we’ll never see this food again except this one time of year! We treat holiday food and holiday eating like it’s “The Last Supper,” says Stokes. People go gaga for holiday cookies and sweets, specialty appetizers and heavy cocktails as if we can only enjoy them one month of the year. That often leads to overeating each time they’re in front of us, says Stokes. “I remind my clients that if you want a special food on a holiday, have it. Just don’t think you need three servings because there’s no other time of year you can have it. Don’t give food that much power over this [seasonal] event. Take the wind out of food’s sails,” Stokes says. Source: DailyBurn

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