Saturday, December 6, 2014

Don't Let It Go to WAIST: 5 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Ahh, the holidays...

The particular season when those tempting extra calories are practically everywhere: in frosted cupcakes, break room cookies, jars of candy at your coworker's desk, eggnog cocktails with your best friend for happy hour, or those yummy gourmet chocolates in your stockings (we can't escape them!). 

If you are like most of us during this particular time of year (yes, we too can relate!) you could put on at least pound or two by New Year's Day. If not more.

Here are 5 tips from our Body SymmetryMD wellness squad to help prevent you from overindulging:

1. Don't go there (hungry).
Never go to a holiday party (or leave the house, if possible) when you are starving. Instead, try having a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive somewhere with those nagging hunger pangs, drink some water to fill up before fixing yourself a plate full of goodies or reaching for whatever edibles seem to be within arm's reach.

2. It's "about that PACE, 'bout that PACE..."
Chowing down at your next Christmas mixer or holiday gathering can be looked at much like approaching the infancy stages of a new dating situation-- by TAKING IT SLOW. If you cram in as much as you can in say, half an hour, you chew much faster. Chomping at a much slower pace can actually fill you up with less food throughout the duration of your festivity.

3. Attention, please!

Focus your attention on the multitude of other fun occurrences taking place at your upcoming holiday party rather than just the food. Catch up with those you haven't seen in a while, take some time to enjoy the music (especially if there's a live band or DJ) and definitely scope out the pile o' presents that will be causing an uproar later during the White Elephant gift exchange!

4. Set limits on your libations (and stick to them).

For a variety of reasons, limiting your consumption of alcoholic beverage during a holiday party is a good thing. Not only does setting a limit on what you drink control your caloric intake, it also aids in better self control. Excessive drinking can sometimes trigger us to eat even more... which can be extremely dangerous when you're surrounded by all those delicious homemade dishes
and/or freshly baked sweets!

5. "Buffet" doesn't have to mean "pile your plate sky high."

When dinner at your highly anticipated gathering is served up "buffet style," opt for grabbing the smallest plate available before you line up to throw down. Oh, and try to stick to scooping up the simplest foods on the buffet (fresh veggies, fruit and shrimp cocktail are ideal choices).

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Here's to enjoying your holiday celebrations without letting it go to WAIST!
--Your Body SymmetryMD Wellness Squad

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