ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- You may be surprised to learn the average holiday weight gain is just one to two pounds, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The bad news? The research also shows that we don’t lose those pounds and they add up year after year. Here are a few tips for staving off holiday weight gain.
Food is usually the centerpiece of holiday traditions, but if you take the focus off of food and throw yourself into an active holiday ritual — like cutting your own Christmas tree or going caroling — you’ll burn calories and be less tempted to keep snacking throughout the day.
You have a budget for holiday shopping, why not also have a budget for holiday eating? Pick one or two of your favorites to spend your calories on; don’t resort to sampling everything on the table.
And don’t gobble up your food like it’s an Olympic sport. It can take up to 20 minutes before your brain realizes your stomach is full.
Also go easy on the gravy. Most recipes pack anywhere from four to 58 grams of carbs for just a one-fourth cup serving.
And you may want to avoid drinking too much alcohol, not because of the calories but because the more you drink, the less control you have over how much you eat.
Nutritionists don’t recommend completely depriving yourself during the holidays because your willpower will eventually break and you’ll end up overeating.
Contributors to this news report include: Jessica Sanchez, Writer; Amber Sumpter News Assistant and Brent Sucher, Editor.