How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Breakfast helps you to burn more calories throughout the day because it kick-starts your metabolism in the morning. Try oats with low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

With the holidays come busier schedules and extra indulgences, causing the average American to gain about 1 pound each holiday season–and keep it on. Avoid weight gain this year with these 6 tips (via DrWeil.com):

  1. Remember that food is fuel. Try fiber-rich fruits and vegetables for appetizers, and be selective when noshing on high-calorie dishes.
  2. Listen to your stomach. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to catch up with your stomach. To avoid gastrointestinal discomfort, stop eating right when you begin to feel full. 
  3. Eat breakfast. Don’t starve yourself all day to justify eating more at dinner. Instead, start each day with breakfast to kickstart your metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels.
  4. Be picky. When confronted with a buffet full of goodies, pick and choose only your favorite foods to help you limit your calorie intake.
  5. Excuse yourself. When you’re done eating, politely excuse yourself from the table to avoid extra nibbling.
  6. Take a post-meal walk. Walking promotes digestion, burns calories and increases your metabolic rate, making it the perfect post-meal activity.

 

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