Prevent the Holiday “Weight Creep” (5 Tips From Our Dietitian)

Prevent the Holiday “Weight Creep” (5 Tips From Our Dietitian)

Minimizing the “weight creep” as we age is a challenge at any time of the year, but it can become even more difficult during the holidays.

Countless parties, baked cookies and sweets, jam-packed schedules resulting in less time to exercise, and high-calorie holiday meals are the culprits. The average person can gain up to 7 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s Day. The worst part is that most of us don’t even realize it’s happening until we go to put on our favorite pair of jeans and they barely fit!

I love the holidays and all the calories and chaos that comes with the season! But, battling the scale to shed the pounds after the new year that always seem to disappear more slowly than they appear is not worth it to me. Would you agree?

My advice as an RD has always been even if weight loss is your goal, to be realistic with yourself and not expect to lose weight during the holidays. Plain and simple. Instead, focus on weight maintenance.

5 Healthy Eating Tips to Survive the Holidays
  • 01
    When attending or hosting parties, make sure to have healthier low-fat options containing fruits and vegetables. Steer clear of high-fat sauces and dressing.
  • 02
    Don’t skip meals during the day with the mentality to “save calories for later”. Skipping meals often times results in overeating later in the day and can slow down your metabolism over time.
  • 03
    Limit calories from beverages and alcohol. These calories quickly add up! Overindulging in alcohol also causes us to let down our guard and eat more too.
  • 04
    Use smaller plates. Our minds can play tricks on us. When eating, we are trained to fill and clean our plates. Using smaller plates can still give us the feeling of satiety without the extra calories.
  • 05
    Serve food restaurant style or away from where you plan to socialize. Placing the focus on the social experience over food is always a good idea. Not eating around the overflowing table will lessen the likelihood of continuing to eat past your full point.
 Practicing these simple habits can help you feel your best during the holiday season and as you start the new year.