Surviving the season of weight gain

Surviving the season of weight gain

It happens every holiday season. We attend office parties and family get-togethers and eat loads of food. These festive moments usually offer some of the tastiest and most calorie-packed delicacies. And all that overindulging during the holidays can lead to the inevitable holiday weight gain … adding inches to waistlines 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, 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 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 finger foods and try and limit yourself to veggies and avoid the dips.

Don’t feel forced to eat just because people keep offering food. It’s OK to say no. Avoid hovering around the food table. Just hanging around food can cause people to chow down. Focus your energies on making conversation with others instead of snacking.

One more thing: Be aware of the spirits. Those seemingly harmless mixed drinks pack a lot of calories and next thing you know, your self-control has vanished and the Chex Mix bowl is empty.

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.

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