Six Secrets to Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: December 8, 2014

Pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, prime rib. The endless amount of goodies and temptations many of us are exposed to over the next few months can cause overeating, which may lead to unintentional weight gain. In fact, one study suggests that the fall/winter six-week holiday period contributes most to yearly weight changes, and presents special risks for those who are already overweight or obese. Researchers also found that this seasonal weight gain is often not reversed during the spring and summer months, making it a major contributor to the substantial increase in body weight that frequently occurs during adulthood.

Work against this trend by resisting the habit of putting off healthy choices until the New Year. Set yourself up for success by following the simple tips below so you can leave your next holiday event feeling victorious and satisfied rather than guilty and stuffed.

  1. Bring a healthy dish to your host: When requested to bring a food item to a party, prepare something healthy. That way, you’ll be guaranteed to have at least one nutritious dish on the table. Plus, you may be surprised at how many others will appreciate the option, especially if it tastes good.
  2. Keep your glass close: If your hands are empty, you are more likely to pick at the buffet or continuously fill up your plate. Keep a glass of water in your hand or near you at all times. Not only will it keep your fingers occupied, but it will also help you stay hydrated.
  3. Save room for dessert: When loading up with refreshments, picture your dessert and main course on the same dish as opposed to getting an additional plate for only goodies. If that extra cookie doesn’t fit, consider not having it.
  4. Share the wealth: Bringing a date or guest to an event not only makes for good company, it also gives you the opportunity to split an over-sized piece of cake or large portion of cheese. Before hitting up the buffet solo, ask your guest if they would like to share a plate with you.
  5. Avoid a rumbling tummy: Going to a party on an empty stomach can lead to overindulging. Try eating a small snack with protein, such as a Greek yogurt or a handful of almonds, before attending your event so you won’t be starving when you arrive.
  6. Stay positive: Some encouraging self-talk and mental preparation before your party can result in a night of success. Set your goals ahead of time, and stick to your guns!

To adopt more healthy eating habits, check out our Nutrition resources. Follow us on Facebook to receive regular health tips to keep your personal wellness top of mind. Happy holidays from everyone at BeneFIT Corporate Wellness!

The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of your health care provider. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to your health care provider.

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