11 Hacks to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday hubbub starts gearing up at Thanksgiving.

If you struggle to maintain your weight from the time you see the stuffing and pumpkin pie until the time you toast the New Year, you’re not alone.

A 2009 study showed that the average American gains 1.5 pounds over the 8-week period just before Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.

That may not seem like much until you start adding it up year after year.

This doesn't have to happen to you. There are plenty of smart steps you can take that let you enjoy the celebrations and still avoid gaining weight.

Top 11 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

1. Be realistic when setting your goals.

For many, it's not the right time to set a big weight loss goal. Focus on maintaining where you are now instead of setting goals that are unrealistic. This time of year is hard! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

2. Drink plenty of water.

This is true all year long, but especially when your goal is to maintain your weight. The better hydrated you are, the less likely you are to mistake thirst for hunger. You will also feel more full.

3. Watch the alcohol.

Every beer, glass of wine or cocktail adds up. Alcohol is a double whammy because it also lowers your willpower around high-fat foods. Opt for one of these festively healthy holiday drinks instead. Don't forget to serve them in a fancy glass!

4. Savor your food slowly.

The more mindful you are when you are chewing and tasting, the better. Look at your food. Chew well, swallow, and talk to somebody before taking another bite.

5. Choose colorful foods.

If you seek out bright colors, you have a better chance of eating fresh vegetables. All that fiber will help fill you up too.

6. Have a strategy before you walk up to a buffet.

Start with something green and walk around and look at what is there, then choose wisely.  Simply choose larger helpings of steamed foods and things you know will nourish your body. Remember to taste the things you love the most and indulge some but keep those portions smaller.

7. Know your host.

Bring a healthier dish or appetizer to the party. Most hostesses will appreciate a little something extra to share with guests. If you're going to a party where the host is going to push you to eat more, take a small portion for your first serving.

8. Give yourself a break.

If you try to stay away from all the goodies, you're going to end up feeling like you’re deprived. Then you’ll end up eating more.

Let yourself indulge some in whatever your favorites are but in moderation.

And not to worry, if it's chocolate you love…I've got you covered with some healthier chocolate recipes that are worthy of gifting. Cookies? You know I have your back with some cookie recipes that no one will even suspect are healthy.

9. Eat before you arrive.

Plenty of people make the mistake of not eating before a party. Instead, fill up on healthy foods before you go. Then you won’t be too hungry to eat thoughtfully.

10. Don’t give up on exercise.

Even though this is a busy time of year, remember to stay active. Daily exercise will keep you focused, energetic, and mindful of your good health. So if you’re going shopping, park in the farthest parking spot. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Go for a walk to look at the holiday lights.

11. Set yourself up for the healthiest New Year possible.

Ask for and give health-minded gifts. Herbal teas, workout clothes or one of those fruit and nut baskets you've been eyeing will be well received by most anyone.

Set your intentions now for a powerful start to the New Year. You don't have to wait for the New Year to get a leg up on a stronger, healthier YOU!

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Yours in health,


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