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Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

family eating holiday mealThe holiday season, with all of its parties, gatherings, sweet treats, and comfort foods, is now upon us. It can be so tempting to indulge in holiday foods in the spirit of sharing and togetherness, and so easy to gain a few unwanted pounds.

The good news? It’s entirely possible, with a little preparation and some moderation, to thoroughly enjoy the season and its delicious foods without gaining weight.

Eat a snack before a party

Before heading to a holiday party, eat a snack that is nutritious, low in calories, and high in filling fiber.

A small snack will help curb your hunger and decrease the likelihood of overeating high fat and high calorie foods.

Try veggies such as carrots and broccoli with hummus, a cup of light popcorn, or a clementine or two, which are in season and taste as sweet as candy.

Maintain your exercise regimen

setting table for holidaysIt can be easy to slip off a routine during the holidays especially with friends and family visiting, but keeping up physical activity is key to fending off weight gain.

If going to the gym isn’t feasible, grab a family member to join you on a walk or a jog or try out an exercise video at home.

Prepare healthier versions of dishes to bring to parties

Cookies and cookie exchanges are common this time of year and desserts are often high in sugar, saturated fat and calories.

Try modifying your favorite recipes by adding less sugar, replacing refined white flour with whole wheat, and replacing butter, which is rich in saturated fat, with healthier fats such as avocados, which are rich in both heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and vitamins and minerals.

Curious about baking with avocado?

Here’s a link to a triple chocolate avocado cookie recipe.


Julie Gessler, Sweet Life Wellness internBlog Author:

Julie Gessler, Sweet Life Wellness Intern