Keeping the Weight Off This Holiday Season

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You’ve heard of the Freshman Fifteen, but perhaps you haven’t heard of the Festive Fifteen. It’s the term for those pesky pounds that typically get packed on during the holiday season. All of those pumpkin pies, turkeys, hams, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, cookies, and pies add up to some poundage around your belly. So what can you do to kick the extra weight goodbye? We have 5 tips for you to cut your weight gain out of this season’s holiday plans.

Practice the 80/20 rule.

Remember the 80/20 rule! 80 percent of the time fill up on fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins. Then 20 percent of the time indulge in the not-so-good-for-you stuff.

Work out in the morning.

Getting started is the hardest part of a workout, but starting your workout when you start your day in the morning is easier than having to get started after a long and stressful day when you just want to relax.

Watch your drinks.

A lot of empty calories reside in what you’re drinking. If you don’t want to cut out or limit yourself on the desserts this season, try opting for nixing the added sugar in your coffee or the extra glass of wine, beer, or soda.

Find social support.

It’s easier to stick to healthier foods if you have friends and family to back you up! Plus, they’ll understand and won’t be offended when you turn down that extra slice of pie.

Avoid stress.

Stress eating can sometimes go hand in hand with the holiday season. It might be completely impossible to avoid stress this holiday season, but you might be able to replace your stress eating with some deep breathing exercises or by reaching for a bucket of almonds instead of a bucket of sweets.