How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Fitness Expert Beth Oliver joined us today with her expert tips for staying healthy during the holidays:

As much as we all love the holidays, it can be challenging to stick with the healthy behaviors that we rely on most of the time.  Most Americans gain about 7 pounds during the holiday season, and most of it comes from just being out of our regular routine. Here are a few hints that will help you negotiate the Holidays.

  1. Drink plenty of water.  Every system of your body depends on water.  Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger, which leads to over-eating and dehydration can also slow down your metabolism.  If your holidays include air travel, the humidity is lower on a plane, so drink plenty of water and bring moisturizer and eye drops with you.  That way you will arrive looking and feeling fresh.
  2. Keep plenty of fresh fruits on vegetables on hand to snack on.  Offer to bring the hors devours to a party just to make sure there are some high fiber, low fat foods available.
  3. Alternate alcoholic beverages with club soda or sparkling water.  You will save calories and keep from getting dehydrated.
  4. Try to stick to your same sleep patterns.  Sleep is your body’s opportunity to rejuvenate and recover.  You’ll make better decisions all day long.
  5. Get outside.  Just being outdoors is refreshing.  Plus you will be away from the temptation of snacks, and a cozy warm house just makes you want to hunker down and watch a movie!  Make it a family affair, talk a walk to look at the Holiday lights, play a game of tag…shovel your neighbor’s walkway…
  6. On the same note, fit exercise in any way you can.  Shop downtown so that you get a good walk in.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the far end of the parking lot.  Exercise during your favorite show's commercial breaks.

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