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The typical American gains 10-15 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s. Gasp!!! Keep reading if you would like to enjoy the holidays – without the typical weight gain.

Holiday parties, candies, cookies and overpacked schedules all lead to overeating and being less active.

Here are some rules I follow to help me maintain my weight and not gain over the holidays.

1. Stick to a regular eating and workout program as closely as you can. Whether you have a regular workout program, how you regularly eat; if you can stick to that as closely as possible, that is going to help you avoid that holiday weight gain.

 

2. Don’t go to your holiday parties hungry. If you can have a little bit of something before you go, having a salad or having a small piece of protein, some chicken or just a small sandwich before you go. That way, you’re not starving, and you’re not going to fill your plate up with all this stuff you really shouldn’t be eating. You can still eat at the party, but you won’t just be absolutely starving and will help with portion control.

 

3. You want to keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum, especially if you’re trying to lose weight during the holidays, because alcohol metabolizes in the system differently than food. So it can really derail your weight loss efforts. A glass of wine, a glass of beer can be fine, just keep it to a minimum.

4. Also keep desserts to a minimum. . Save your indulgences – your absolute favorites – for those things you can only get at that one time of the year.

Enjoy your holiday. Make it less about food and more about people and relationships.

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