How to survive holiday weight gain

By • Published: December 29th, 2010
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

It seems to happen every holiday season. You attend office parties and family get-togethers and eat lots and lots of food. These festive moments usually offer some of the tastiest and most calorie-packed delicacies. And all that overindulging during the holiday season can lead to the inevitable holiday weight gain… adding inches to your waistline and pounds that can be very hard to lose.

But experts say there are ways to avoid gaining weight and still enjoy all those cocktail meatballs, and even the occasional fruitcake.

First of all, get your body in motion. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to maintain body weight. The more you exercise, the more calories you will burn.

Another hint: Never go to a party hungry. Experts suggest eating a healthy snack before you go so you can stave off the cravings for the hors d’oeuvres. If you can’t avoid the appetizers, use a small plate when serving yourself the finger foods and try and limit yourself to the veggies avoiding the dipping sauces.

Also, don’t feel forced to eat just because people keep offering food to you. Just say no. Don’t hover around the food table at a party, either. Just hanging around food can cause people to chow down. Focus your energies on making conversation with others instead of focusing on eating.

One more thing, be aware of the spirits. Those seemingly harmless mixed drinks can pack a lot of calories and also lead to lack of self-control around the snacks.

So the next time you put on your finest sweater to mingle with friends and family around the holidays, remember to stay moving and watch what you nosh… if you still want to fit into that sweater after the holidays.