Yes! The holidays are upon us. Time to reconnect with family, take a break from work, and enjoy some good food. For many of us, we look forward to the holiday season while at the same time have a little bit of fear of the old holiday weight gain.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with this apprehension. Believe it or not, a recent study showed that on average, Americans gain 1.3 pounds during the days from Christmas to New Year’s. It even goes further than America, because people in other countries experience similar weight gain. Those in Germany had a 1.8-pound gain and those in Japan had a 1.1-pound gain during their respective holiday seasons.
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So, holiday weight gain is real. But we don’t have to be afraid of it. There’s a few simple steps we can take that will keep up fit and happy during the season. We’ll go through the best tips one by one.
Accept A Little Indulgence
Don’t fight too much. You should be able to enjoy your holidays without worrying about your waistline constantly. Yes, you should have those cookies that Grandma makes once a year. After all, it’s not like you can be tempted by them every day. Fill up your plate with a reasonable portion of the foods you like, leave out the stuff you don’t really like, and enjoy it. Sit for a while before getting seconds, it can take time for you to feel full. Doing this will let you make the most of your holiday meal without overindulging.