How to Avoid the Typical Holiday Weight Gain This Year

While many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose the weight they put on over the previous two months, this can be a difficult task. A much easier and more surefire way to maintain your weight is to recognize and correct unhealthful habits in the following ways:

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Avoid Becoming Over-Hungry

When you starve yourself in anticipation of a big meal, you are actually likely to eat far more than you would if you ate a small amount one to two hours before the event. Opt for a nutritious and filling snack such as apple slices and peanut butter or low-fat yogurt sprinkled with nuts.

Focus on Fun Rather than Food

Although many holiday gatherings place emphasis on the food served, there are ways to have a memorable time without constantly snacking. Catch up with a relative or old friend while sitting far away from food offerings, join younger family members for a game, or break out a musical instrument. If you must mingle near areas where food is set out, keep your hands occupied by holding a low-calorie beverage.

Keep Portions in Check

While it can be tempting to overindulge during large family meals, you can easily monitor your calorie consumption by paying attention to the amount of food you take . In general, a serving of a side dish is one-half cup, or roughly the same volume as half of a tennis ball, while one serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards. If possible, use a smaller plate, such as a salad plate, and avoid stacking layers of food on it. Be sure to wait at least 20 minutes after you begin eating to return for seconds.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients make healthy lifestyle changes. Our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs promote physical conditioning in a comfortable, medically supervised environment. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4000 for more information on nutrition, fitness, and surgical weight loss .

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