The holidays are a magical time of year beloved by many and for good reason—so much quality family time, festive decorations, and, of course, an abundance of yummy holiday treats. But, for many of us, the holidays are also a time of temptation and stress, making it extra hard to stay healthy and keep up with our wellness goals.
With so many holiday parties and family traditions centered around food, it’s easy to overeat and choose unhealthy options. In fact, a study by Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab found that most individuals gain an average of 1.3 pounds over the holiday season, starting in October. Although not a drastic amount, the extra pounds gained during the holidays typically takes a person up to five months to lose.
To help combat holiday weight gain, we’ve compiled some of our best strategies to stay as healthy as possible during this tempting time. Just follow these easy healthy holiday tips and you’ll be rocking your favorite pair of skinny jeans no matter what season or holiday!
Simple Healthy Holiday Tips
- Portion It Out
It’s easy to underestimate the number of calories consumed during the holidays, but an extra cookie here and a cup of hot coco there can quickly add up, especially when you’re not being mindful of it. To ensure you don’t overdo it, you’ll want to try to portion out your food whenever possible or grab a smaller serving of treats that you know are high in calories.
- Lighten Up
It’s no wonder the majority of people gain weight during the holidays; most holiday recipes aren’t very healthy and are usually very caloric. Instead, lighten up your favorite holiday recipes by cooking them yourself and making healthy swaps whenever possible. For example, instead of heavy cream, try using a lighter, less fat milk or adding veggies to a holiday dish to make it more nutritious.
- Pick Your Favorites
Sugar cookies, eggnog, chocolate…oh my! With so many scrumptious choices to choose from this time of year, it’s natural to want to eat it all. But doing so will only hurt your waistline and potentially impact your long-term health. Instead, choose your calories wisely. Try to indulge in only your favorite foods or special holiday treats you can’t get year-round. By budgeting your splurges, you’ll save yourself hundreds of extra calories in the long run.
- Fit in Exercise
Our last healthy holiday tip is to prioritize fitness! We can’t stress enough how important it is to find time to exercise during the holidays. Even simple things like taking a short walk or opting for the stairs instead of the elevator can have a positive impact on your health. Be sure to father up the family and squeeze in some activity among all the feasting and R&R!
Remember, it’s okay to treat yourself to an occasional Christmas cookie or two as long as you do so sparingly. After all, the holidays (and holiday treats) are meant to be enjoyed! What’s more important is how you treat your body on a regular basis.
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