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Feature Article: Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found the average holiday weight gain is only about one pound; however, the weight gained during the winter season is not shed over the rest of the year. Additionally, individuals who are already overweight are most likely to add 5 or more pounds. The only other connection to weight gain was those individuals who reported that they were hungry, and those that were inactive, also gained more than the one poind average. Stress was not an influencing facator.

Although this is good news, it is still wise to plan ahead for the holiday celebrations. Keys to help you survive holiday weight gain:

  • Include all foods, even holiday treats. Moderation is key.
  • Eat regular meals. Even if you have an event later that day, eating ahead of time will help with hunger control.
  • Stay away from the buffet table to avoid "unconscious nibbling".
  • Only make one trip to the buffet, and pass on seconds.
  • Select low calorie/low fat foods such as raw vegetables or boiled shrimp.
  • Try substituting sparkling water for wine or other alcoholic beverages.