How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Whether the holidays are a joyful or somewhat stressful time for you, more decadent food and less activity might seem like a given. On average, adults gain about one pound per year, and research shows that most of those gains accumulate during the holiday season. 

Over time, those pounds can really add up. But here’s the good news: with a bit of smart planning and getting any support you need, you can maintain your weight while still enjoying the holiday festivities.

Dr. Javier Sosa and our team at Woodlands Primary Healthcare provide customized weight loss plans to suit your needs. We even provide minimally-invasive treatments for eliminating hard to lose pockets of fat. We’re here to help you stay on track with your weight-related goals through the holidays and beyond. Here are some tips for this holiday season.

Eat balanced meals at regular time intervals

Skimping on food during the hours or days leading up to a holiday feast might seem like a smart way to avoid weight gain, but doing so can set you up for the opposite. Fasting even for one meal can increase hunger, slow your metabolism, and result in overeating later on. 

Instead, eat balanced meals and snacks throughout each day to keep your blood sugar levels and appetite in check.

Splurge consciously 

Aiming to avoid all decadent food at holiday meals is likely to foster a sense of deprivation, which isn’t any fun. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy some of your favorite holiday treats. Just don’t load up on every available dish. 

Instead, choose reasonable portions of your top choices. If a dessert platter contains several pies, go with one slice of your favorite or a modest sliver of two. And when you are indulging, make a point of noticing the flavors and textures. Set your silverware down occasionally between bites. By eating mindfully, you’ll feel more satisfied.

Prioritize physical activity

Even if the outdoor temperatures drop and relaxing on the sofa seems coziest, you can still find ways to engage in enjoyable exercise during the holidays. 

Try turning on festive music and actively cleaning your house. Or decorate, dancing in between. Perhaps experience a new workout video you can do in the comfort of your living room. If your schedule is particularly hectic, aim for 10-20 minutes of activity a couple of times per day. When possible, make exercise a family activity. Go for a family hike or cross-country skiing adventure. 

Seek professional support

Seeking help with your health and wellness goals is not a sign of weakness. If you want to prevent weight gain and shed excess pounds, consider our physician-supervised weight-loss programs. 

The guidance of a trusted professional, like the members of our team, can help you lose weight more safely and efficiently than going it on your own. It helps keep you motivated all season long. Consider it a gift to yourself as you improve not only your waistline but your overall health, too.

To learn more about weight control support, call Woodlands Primary Healthcare, located in The Woodlands, Texas, or request an appointment with Dr. Sosa on our website. 

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