Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

So far this holiday season, I'm trying to be aware of my calorie intake! It's a necessity this time of year. But I'm my own worst enemy.

I love to bake all the sweet stuff: cookies; bars; candy. It's part of my family's tradition at Christmastime. A little taste here, a bite now and again, and before you know it - a pound here and there.

Researchers say many of us will gain from one to five pounds just over the holidays! Yes, that's the downside of the holidays. But don't despair! There are a few little things we can do to help avoid gaining the weight.

One, perhaps, is to avoid baking all the goodies. But at my house that's not going to happen! I think I should let you know though - tasting cookie dough can lead to an extra 300 calories!

If you're heading out to holiday parties, eat a snack of 100 to 200 calories. I like to have a scoop of Greek yogurt with some fruit, a banana with peanut butter or a few stalks of celery with peanut butter.

Go easy on the alcohol. Eggnog made with alcohol can contain 450 calories per glass. If you are drinking, alternate alcoholic beverages with a tall glass of water. Also, don't skip meals! Your body in starvation mode may sock away the calories that you do ingest as fat instead of burning them.

And if you do indulge, it's OK. But don't throw-in the towel. Even though it's not something experts advise, I try to keep a closer eye on the scale. It's easier to stay on track and keep the pounds from piling on if you're aware early-on that you're adding-on!

About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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