Portion Control Tips for Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

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Does the holiday eating frenzy have you singing the blues instead of “it’s the most wonderful time of the year?” You can enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds.

First of all, have reasonable expectations. It would be very difficult to lose weight during the holiday season, so instead, aim to maintain your weight. But don’t be fooled – this doesn’t mean to eat whatever you want for the next month! Follow these three tips to help you start January at the same weight you are right now.

  1. At parties, survey the entire spread first. Take small portions of your favorite dishes, and skip the ones you can live without. Bulk up your plate with vegetables and fruits if you’re still hungry. Remember, the holiday season is about celebrating and enjoying good times with family and friends. It’s okay to enjoy your favorite holiday dishes, just choose small portions and take the time to savor each bite.
  2. Balance out the heavy holiday meals with healthy ones. Don’t let one Christmas party indulgence derail your intentions to eat healthy overall. If you overeat at one meal, go light on the next one. Try lightening up your everyday breakfasts and lunches during this season to help compensate for extra calories.
  3. Amp up your exercise. If you’re already a regular exerciser, increase your workout time and intensity to help offset extra calorie intake. Adding just one extra mile to your morning run will only take about 10 minutes and will torch an extra 100 calories! If you don’t typically exercise, try adding extra physical activity into your daily routine. While out doing holiday shopping, park at the farthest parking spot, and take an extra lap around the mall before you get started. Plan family activities that get everyone moving. Instead of riding around the neighborhood in your car to check out the Christmas lights, bundle everyone up and head out on foot. The calories you burn will just be an added bonus compared to the fun you’ll enjoy together.

If you’re looking for a healthy holiday menu for your next celebration, check out our eMeals Clean Eating Holiday Menu. Our Healthy Lunch Plan is also available to help you stay on track during the noontime hour.

Leave your comments and tell us how you stay healthy during this time of year.

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