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10 Tips for Successful Holiday Weight Management

10 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT The average American packs on one to three pounds during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's. One to three pounds might seem insignificant, but the problem is that most Americans keep the weight on. Fortunately, making healthy choices and enjoying the holiday season are both possible with these ten tips for successful weight management. 1 10 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER 10min Studies show that a person's craving typically lasts only 10 minutes. Keep yourself busy for ten minutes before giving in to a craving. PENCIL IN EXERCISE Planning to exercise beforehand holds you accountable. CHOOSE A SMALLER PLATE Picking a smaller plate encourages you to choose the foods you really want. EAT DESSERT FIRST If you're craving a certain dessert and you know you're likely to eat it after dinner, try eating it beforehand to avoid consuming extra calories LEARN HOW TO SAY "NO" NO If you truly do not want to eat, simply say "no." ALTERNATE WITH ALCOHOL According to the CDC, the U.S. adult population consumes an average of almost 100 calories per day from alcoholic beverages. Alternate between alcoholic and zero-calorie non-alcoholic beverages to spare yourself some calories. HAVE A PLAN CHEWING GUM Preparing for times of weakness by packing gum or a healthy snack can help you stay on track with your health goals. LIMIT YOUR OPTIONS Studies show that more food options can stimulate your appetite. Limiting the variety of foods you consume at one time can help you recognize what you really want to eat, and when you're actually full. 9. DON'T GO YUNGRY Instead of "saving" calories for the holiday party, consider eating enough healthy foods during the day to prevent you from feeling famished later on. 10 HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY The CDC suggests exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and eating a well-balanced diet to combat stress. Staying active with your friends and family can help you kick stress to the curb and take your mind off of food. UnityPoint Health Des Moines

10 Tips for Successful Holiday Weight Management

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It's easy to pack on the pounds during the holiday season, but it's important to stay healthy and continue exercising. Americans gain one to three pounds during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New ...


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