HealthcareCountdown How To balance the holiday season and healthy habits

Finding a Balance

Monitoring Moderation

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, it also becomes a time for overeating and weight gain for many. Nearly 75% of annual weight gain takes place during the holiday season with the average person gaining an extra 1-2 pounds each year..

This year, make a commitment to celebrate the holidays with moderation and balance in mind. Keep those unwanted pounds off now, so you won’t have to deal with managing your weight loss later.

What Can You Do?

Set SMART goals and track your choices. Be sure to plan for a certain number of indulgences each week or event so you don’t feel defeated

Don’t get hungry- Avoid the overeating that often comes with being hungry with a “pre-party” snack such as hard-boiled eggs, jerky, a couple pieces of cheese or a can of tuna with olives (think healthy fat for sustained energy + some protein for filling macronutrients)

Have a plan- Write down any holiday gatherings or events coming up and adjust your normal nutrition and fitness routine to reflect them. Having an agenda will help you consume fewer calories and avoid feeling deprived

The holiday season might not be the best time to lose weight, but it doesn't have to be a time to lose your health either. The key is finding a balance that works for you! Re-focus on healthy habits and don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday festivities and foods.

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