10 Diet-Free Ways to Reduce Holiday Weight Gain

The average American gains 1-2 pounds during the holiday season.  By focusing on simple ways to move more and eat less, you can head into a healthier 2018!

  1. Talk more, eat less.  While at holiday parties, get more enjoyment out of socializing rather than the food.  You’ll save some calories and possibly gain a new friend.
  2. Drink a glass of water. Dehydration symptoms can mimic hunger.  Have a glass of water and then assess if you truly are feeling hunger.
  3. Weigh yourself often. It’s an easy way to stay on track.
  4. Get moving early! Try to exercise in the morning. This can help program your brain to make healthy choices for the remainder of the day.
  5. Use smaller plates and cups. Visually, you won’t feel that you’ve missed out on any delicious foods but you will miss out on a few extra calories!
  6. Do add one indulgent item to your plate. You’ll enjoy the treat and won’t feel deprived with filling the rest of your plate with healthy options.
  7. Start a new tradition that includes an activity. Sign up for a holiday 5K fun walk, travel on foot to see holiday light displays or organize a game of backyard football.
  8. Set realistic weight goals. The holidays are the worst time to try to lose weight. Focus on maintaining instead.
  9. Skip the holiday treat and cookie exchanges. This is a trap for irresistible calorie-packed cookies.  Invite your friends for an ornament or sock exchange party instead.
  10. Plan for “bad days”. Even with the best intentions, overindulging happens.  If it goes, forgive yourself and try better the next day.  No need to beat yourself up or feel guilty.