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Avoid Weight Gain While Still Enjoying the Holidays

People gain on average about 1.3 pounds during Christmas and New Year’s. Although the gain doesn’t seem like much, it adds up each year because the weight gain usually is not lost.

Holidays are a great time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Most often, holidays also mean gaining a few extra pounds from all the tasty food.

People gain on average about 1.3 pounds during Christmas and New Year’s. Although the gain doesn’t seem like much, it adds up each year because the weight gain usually is not lost.

Avoiding weight gain during the holiday season may seem difficult, but here are a few tips and tricks to help:

  • Watch your portion sizes.
    • Although seeing all the delicious food sitting in front of you may be tempting, try to grab only a small amount at first and see if you’re still hungry for more later.
  • Only indulge on the one day.
    • For example, only treat yourself on Christmas day instead of the day and week before or after.
  • Don’t skip breakfast or lunch to save your appetite for dinner.
    • Skipping meals to save your appetite can lead to overeating.
  • Bring a healthful dish.
    • Bringing something healthful for yourself and others can allow you to still be able to eat comfortably.
  • Have a friend or family member join you.
    • Encouraging a friend or family member to join you in avoiding gaining weight helps keep you on track.

 By: Shania Sievert, Dietetic Intern, NDSU

Sponsored in part by the Sanford Health Foundation.

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