How to avoid the holiday weight creep

shutterstock_294345134The holidays tend to be a time of the year when everybody puts on a few extra pounds. It can be difficult not to with all of the big family dinners and special seasonal treats that are available everywhere. If you’re not careful, you can end up gaining a lot more weight than you intend. Which is why you should take extra steps to avoid that holiday¬†weight from creeping up.

The following are a few tips for keeping off the extra holiday pounds:

  • Weigh yourself twice a week – By weighing yourself twice a week, you’ll keep track of your weight much more effectively. This way, if you gain a pound or two one week, you can make a concerted effort to lose it the next. If you don’t weigh yourself twice a week, you may end up gaining five or ten pounds over the course of the holiday season without even realizing it.
  • Don’t drink too much – Having a glass of wine with dinner is fine, but when you have a large family get together, try not to over serve yourself. First of all, alcohol has a lot of calories, which means that drinking too much can result in weight gain. Secondly, the more you drink, the more you’re likely to eat.
  • Exercise regularly – Make it a point to exercise regularly throughout the holidays. This can be difficult to do sometimes considering how busy the holiday season is. However, even a regular fifteen-minute jog in the morning can go a long way in keeping helping off the extra weight. Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of telling yourself you’ll get back on track after the New Year.
  • Don’t skip breakfast – Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day because it helps boost your metabolism and helps to establish your eating habits for the rest of the day. Skipping breakfast before going to a dinner party is a particularly bad idea. You may think you’re “saving room,” but you’re not. Your metabolism will slow down without breakfast, and you’ll end up eating more than you should because of how hungry you feel.
  • Pace yourself – When eating, take your time. Don’t just shovel your food down. Once you’ve finished a meal – especially if you are at a dinner party – wait for 15 to 20 minutes before deciding to get seconds. It often takes about that long to realize whether you’re full or not.
  • Stay away from food at parties – A lot of holiday parties will have all kinds of snacks set out for guests. If you’re mingling with people, stay away from areas where food is set up. You may begin eating some of these snacks without even consciously realizing it just because they are there.

It can be easy to put on weight during the holiday season without even realizing it. Follow these tips to help prevent that extra holiday weight from creeping up on you.