Avoiding The Holiday Jiggles
Everyone knows the key to avoiding weight
gain is to eat in moderation, avoid high
calorie foods, and to exercise regularly.
However, with the holiday season just around
the corner, many of us will find ourselves
surrounded by festive foods, delectable
desserts, and delicious drinks — many of which
are hard to resist.
Studies have shown the typical person gains
anywhere from four to ten pounds over the
course of the winter season. The best way to
avoid gaining weight over the holidays is to
limit food portions, maintain a consistent
exercise program, and follow these helpful
Stick to a Regular Sleep and
Exercise Routine. Sometimes, feeling tired
or stressed is mistaken for feeling
hungry. Exercising regularly each week and
getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night
will stave off hunger pangs.
Take It Easy on the Alcohol. Most people
don’t realize alcoholic beverages contain
quite a few calories that contribute to
excess weight gain when consumed in large
quantities. Drinking seltzer with a fruit
twist or a glass of water between
alcoholic drinks helps to cut calories and
will keep you hydrated.
Small Nutritious Meals. It's a common
misconception that you’ll lose weight by
skipping large meals. The truth is, your
metabolism actually slows down, causing
your body to store fat if calories are
limited for too long. Eating smaller meals
a few hours apart will prevent you from
Veggies, Fruit, or Crackers. If you get
hungry at a party, reach for the
vegetables and fruit platter, or nosh on
some crackers as these snacks are filling
and you won’t be as tempted to eat the
high calorie-laden foods.
Slowly and Chew Your Food More. It takes
about 20 minutes for your stomach to
register it’s full and to signal your
brain it's had enough. Slow down and
listen to your body.
Containing Protein. Quality protein
includes lean meats, seafood, chicken,
turkey, eggs, yogurt, and low-fat cheeses.
The protein in these foods will help you
feel full and work well to control your
Avoid Eating High
Calorie Foods. This is actually easier
than you think! By substituting foods high
in calories with whole grains, steamed
vegetables, and baked lean meats, you’ll
feel more satisfied at every meal and
won’t crave calorie-laden starches,
sauces, or fried foods.
Remain Positive and Determined. If you do
“fall off the wagon” and have a bad food
day or forget to exercise, don't worry
about it! Get back on track the next day
and continue from there.
Your Supplements. Since some people don’t
consume certain foods often enough or on a
consistent basis, taking your vitamin
supplements regularly will ensure you’re
getting the appropriate nutrients and in
the proper amount.
Body Wrap. Scheduling body wraps once or
twice a month is a healthy and easy way to
lose inches while you hydrate and detoxify
Avoiding the holiday jiggles this season
will be easier if you follow these helpful
suggestions — and who knows — maybe January
1st will be the year your New Year's
Resolution doesn't include wanting to drop
those extra holiday pounds!