Christmas holidays weight loss tips

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Most people will again become heavier over the holidays and they will search how to avoid weight gain during the holidays.

We always feel hesitation and worry about the pounds which we are bound to pack on when we are thinking to enjoy a few extra mashed potatoes, gravy and gingerbread men in the upcoming days of Christmas and holidays.

It is said that people regularly parrot the line that we gain 5 to 10 pounds over the holidays. And most of the Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity. How to avoid holiday weight you may ask. Try to remember that the holiday season is more than just food. The next time you go to the gala evening, take time to admire the decorations.

Alcoholic drinks can be loaded with calories, and because we drink (rather than eat) them, we often don’t recognize them as an important source of calories. Beware of calorie-laden drinks like eggnog, which can have 350 calories or more per glass. If you are going to a party where a lot of food will be served, it’s a good idea to destroy your appetite before you get there.

You should not be hungry if you are going to go for a dinner, party and try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. “Don’t go to a party when you’re starving” says New York psychologist Carol Goldberg, PhD. According to a study by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Americans probably gain only a pound during the winter holiday season – but this extra weight accumulates through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life.

People who kept their weight off for more than a few years, tend to eat an average of five times a day. Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, increase your energy, improve your mood and even speed up your metabolism, as the process of digestion itself burns calories.

Physical activity is a great stress reliever and a way to keep our weight in check. Although it may not be realistic to allocate a large chunk of time each day to devote to exercise, try to accumulate 15-20 minutes of daily walking. If you are joining a party with music, be sure to hit the dance floor.

Don’t forget to get enough sleep. Your full social calendar may harm your body. Lack of sleep and as a result of depletion may contribute to weight gain, but because you are less likely to exercise, restraint and maintain your eating habits under control.

People often confuse thirst with hunger, so the next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. Water also helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water (or iced tea) just before you sit down to dinner. Continue to drink when you eat to add volume and weight of the food.

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