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Tips For Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

Holidays provide a good excuse for overindulgence for more than a 60 day period of time to many women. A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that extra weight gained during the holidays accumulates through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity in later life.

Many of these holiday goodies pose a direct challenge to the healthy eating plan that you have tried to adhere to for the last eleven months. Whether you are at home, a friend’s house or at the office holiday party, the temptation to overeat is lurking at nearly every table you pass.

According to recent research by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK),  the average weight gain is approximately one pound.

These findings suggest that developing ways to avoid holiday weight gain may be extremely important for preventing obesity and the diseases associated with it.

Trimming down the calories :

Many traditional holiday foods are loaded with fat and calories. This doesn’t mean that all of your favorite foods are off limits. Look for ways to make them healthier, by trimming some of their fat and calories.

Check out some simple ways slow down fat consumption from holiday foods:

The holidays are not an ideal time to try to start a diet. Rather, your goal should be to maintain your weight during this time frame. If you should decide to indulge in a piece of chocolate fudge or some other decadent dessert, don’t berate yourself. Simply cut back on calories elsewhere during the rest of the day or spend a few extra minutes on the treadmill during your workout routine.

Try to Strike a balance- Dietitians suggest that for every day of splurging, you need to figure on 2 days of careful eating. So, if you eat too many sweets at your office’s holiday party, just eat carefully for the next couple of days.

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Use exercise To Relieve Stress:

Extra shopping and holiday social events will strain an already overloaded schedule. Indulge yourself with stress-free time where the focus is on your workout. Your workout and/or cardio session will release endorphins that are a natural mood elevator.  Malls are wonderful places to walk, out of the elements and climate controlled. If time is limited try to park as far from your stop as you can.

Besides, the gyms are quiet at this time of year so you will be able to get in and out quickly.  Make the most of this period of uninterrupted solitude and focus on creating a legendary physique for the spring season.

Follow these simple tips through this holiday season, and start the New Year without the gift of unwanted pounds. Remember, Sticking to a solid nutrition and exercise program enhances mood, reduces stress and improves overall health.

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