There’s no greater killjoy after the holidays than stepping on the scale and seeing the damage, so to speak. It’s no surprise that people gain weight over the holidays with all the delicious foods we get to enjoy. But it’s still a hard reality to face. To avoid this problem, here are 10 ways to keep your body at a healthy weight. 

Keep moving

Leading a sedentary lifestyle contributes to weight gain. Compound that with holiday calories and you’re sure to gain unwanted weight. When you spend time with family and friends, suggest an activity, like iceskating, walking, or even shopping together – anything to keep you off the couch and on your feet!

Snack smart

There are lots of sugar-loaded and processed foods to munch on, but try to fill your dish with whole foods, like fruits, veggies, nuts and cheese, rather than cookies and canapés. 

Use a smaller plate

This is a simple, yet genius hack. When your plate isn’t big, you can’t eat as much, but it still looks like you have plenty to enjoy. 

Focus on whole foods 

Boxed stuffing and mashed potato mixes, refined carbs, like cookies, baked goods and chocolates, are all processed foods, and when we eat them in holiday serving sizes, they contribute to weight gain. Opt for whole foods instead, like turkey, ham, vegetables, fruits, nuts and cheese. 

Get enough sleep 

The less you sleep, the hungrier you feel and the less physical active you are: the recipe for weight gain. So, make sleep a priority. Your body will thank you. 

Always include protein in your meal

Holiday dishes are usually heavy on the carbs, but eating protein with every meal helps to reduce your hunger and appetite, and can therefore help you consume fewer calories. 

Fill up on fiber 

Fiber is a filling food that also helps to keep you regular. I know salads and steamed green beans aren’t as tantalizing as twice-baked potatoes oozing over with melted cheddar and bacon, but think about your body and what’s best for you.

Choose one dessert and love it

Desserts are hard to resist, but you don’t have to boycott all of them. Instead, choose your absolute favorite and absolutely love every single bite. 

Drinks have calories, too

Alcohol and sweet drinks are usually loaded with calories – and lots of them! Try to swap out an alcoholic beverage with sparkling water. Or, try to limit your alcoholic intake to three servings a week.

Bring your own dish   

Being invited to a family or friend’s holiday gathering is a real treat. But what if they serve foods that you want to limit or avoid? Ask your host if you could bring a dish to share? Make it something delicious and healthy – and something you can enjoy lots of when you celebrate with everyone. 

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