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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Statistics demonstrate that the average person gains about five pounds during the winter holiday months. Perhaps some gain even more. Winter weight gain appears almost impossible to avoid for most people. It is common for most individuals to simply overindulge in holiday foods and treats during the winter months and avoid exercise.

That extra weight might lead to more weight gain in the future and obesity. As you may know, obesity in America is a major health problem and is very prevalent in situations where people consume too much fatty foods while remaining sedentary. Obesity is definitely a health risk. Obesity strains the body and makes it work harder. People who are overweight are also more likely to develop other health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and other medical conditions. There is hope. What we need is a bit of behavior modification to avoid weight gain during the winter holidays. Here are a few suggestions.

Don't Starve Yourself
The number one rule is to resist starvation. This is not the way to avoid weight gain. Starvation leads to losing control and consuming more calories than normal. Instead, eat smaller nourishing meals along with plenty of water before attending holiday parties. This is key to controlling overindulging in party foods and drinks.

Regular Meal Schedule
Don't skip meals to save a few calories. Those who skip meals usually end up binging. This is definitely bad news for the waistline and cholesterol levels. Take time out every day for a nourishing meal to curve the munchies and over indulging in fatty foods.

Drink Water
Are you staying hydrated during the winter months? Did you know that drinking water controls the appetite? In addition, staying hydrated keeps skin youthful and glowing. Keeps joints lubricated and blood flowing.

Keep a Food Journal
It is true that most people do not pay close attention to the amount of food consumed each day. Believe me, all those extra snacks add up to extra pounds on the hips, stomach, and thighs. Here is how to avoid those extra calories. Record all those snacks and meals consumed each day. This is easier than you might think and works wonders at showing you what you are really consuming nutrition wise. Download and use one of those free calorie counting software programs available on the Internet at sites like Snapfiles.com or Downloads.com or use a food journal and pencil. People who keep a food journal find that they ate fewer snacks and were more aware of the nutritional value of the foods consumed.

Get Up and Move
Turn on the stereo and start moving to the beat for several minutes each day. This small simple step assist in burning a few calories and keeps the body loose and flexible. In addition, schedule at least fifteen minutes of regular aerobic exercise per day to burn more calories. Another way to get moving is to stop relying on a car. Try walking or biking to nearby stores, to visit friends, or relatives. Go for a brisk walk or bike ride early in the evening. Take the steps instead of the escalator or elevator. All these easy actions contribute to helping to avoid holiday weight gain during the winter and perhaps all through the year.


Online Sources:
Tips for Preventing Holiday Weight Gain
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/holiday-weight-gain/MY01117

Weight Management Questions
http://www.nutrition.gov/weight-management/commonly-asked-questions-faqs

Great Online Interactive Tools to Control/Manage Weight
http://www.nutrition.gov/weight-management/interactive-tools

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