According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans do not lose the weight they gain during the holiday season. Over the years, this could add up and become a problem that leads to obesity. The key to preventing this from happening is portion control.
When it comes to the holiday season, this usually means people will be attending more parties or family gatherings. Since food is large part of these events, eating a nutritious snack ahead of time can be helpful in discouraging overeating. Pacing yourself is another key when it comes to eating. If the food is served in a buffet style, stay away from stacking foods on the plate. Look for healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
Alcohol may also be present at such functions. People have been known to drink more around the holidays because of stress and anxiety. Limit the amount of alcohol intake because this will ultimately affect which foods are consumed along with portion control. Some alcohol can also be high in calories which will not help with weight loss.
Desserts are likely to be abundant during the holiday season. Be sure to be very selective and indulge in small portions when it comes to eating sweets. Bringing a low calorie treat can be helpful to stay away from more fattening alternatives.
When cooking during the holidays, most people like to enjoy tasting food throughout the process. This can also contribute to weight gain and negatively impact diet. Therefore when preparing a meal in the kitchen, taste test the food as little as possible. Small efforts such as these can bring about positive results in weight management.
It is expected for people to eat a lot of food during the holidays. One preventative measure to overcome gaining weight is to exercise and stay active. This not only incorporates healthy actions such as going to the gym, but can include spare moments like going on a walk or hanging decorations. Any physical activity that will help burn off some of those unwanted calories is recommended.
The holiday season can be a difficult time for anyone to control their weight. Whether overindulging may be as a result of stress, depression, anxiety or the simple pressure from attending a gathering, one can avoid these pitfalls. By following these simple steps and being disciplined, one can avoid the holiday weight gain. Therefore, weight management allows for many people to stay happy and healthy during the holidays.