Oh no, or oh yes? It’s the holiday season, and that means good food.
But if you think good food is good news, then we have some bad news.
Americans put on, on average, 1 pound of weight each holiday season, and generally don’t lose it the next year.
But here’s the good news. We’ve got some great tips for you to stay healthy and keep the weight off this holiday season.
Remember that holidays aren’t just about the food
The more you mentally associate the holidays with being about the food, the more likely you are to overindulge. But if you take a step back, you might find that you get more mileage out of a meal by just watching your appetite.
Try eating until you’re about 80% full, and then assess if you really want to eat more.
Try some holiday exercise
There’s a ton of fun activities the holidays bring. This can mean going out caroling with your family, or even going out to chop down a Christmas tree yourself.
Remember that relaxation doesn’t necessarily mean sedentary.
Go light on the gravy
Little decisions make a difference! And one tiny thing you can do is simply to take it easy on the gravy, cutting out a lot of fat out of your holiday meal — and probably even making it taste a bit better.
Watch the alcohol intake
Believe it or not, there’s a lot of calories in alcohol. Not only that, but alcohol interferes with blood sugar. When you drink, the release of glucose into your bloodstream.
Perhaps the worst effect of alcohol is how it can affect decision making, possibly getting in the way of your diet. And you don’t want to feel guilty the next day about how much casserole you ate…
Want to know more about how to stay healthy this holiday season? Call Capital Medical Associates today to schedule an appointment with one of our medical professionals.