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How to avoid holiday weight gain

It’s begun. Just after finishing our leftover Halloween candy, we start planning Thanksgiving feasts and holiday baking. Between now and Jan. 1, the holidays promise to make our hearts full and, often, our stomachs fuller.

The average American gains one to five pounds during the holiday season and — despite our best intentions and New Year’s resolutions — we often keep those pounds. Unhealthy weight gain can lead to conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

One way to keep your health on track this season is to challenge yourself to maintain your current weight through healthy habits. A few quick tips that can help you navigate the holiday gauntlet of plentiful food:

  • Prioritize eating healthy foods, such as vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. If you fill up on those items, you’ll have less appetite and room for sweets.
  • Be aware of what you’re eating and make adjustments as you go. If you eat higher calorie foods at a holiday party, plan a lighter meal that evening.
  • Exercise daily if possible. It not only combats weight gain, but also helps your mood during what can be a stressful season.

Read more helpful suggestions from UCLA Health.

Don’t add unwanted weight gain to your list of holiday stresses! Make a commitment to take care of yourself this season.

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