Avoiding Weight gain during the holidays

It’s the holiday season again.  The time for Christmas parties,  fun festivities and food.   There is always an abundance of food in the lunch rooms at this time of year.  Foods  which are often full of sugar and unhealthy fats.

So, what can you do to stay healthy and not gain weight this time of year? 

Well, if you’re invited to a party and expected to bring food, try bringing some fruit or a vegetable platter. You can buy a platter of fruit or vegetables in most grocery stores, if you don’t want to spend the time slicing fruit yourself.  

When baking,  choose healthy  replacements  for  high fat, high sugar favorites. 

Drink plenty of water. It helps you feel full, so you can resist the urge to gorge.

Eat slowly.  It takes approximately 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain you’re full.  So, slow down and allow time for this message to be sent.


Exercise- Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel when it comes to your workout.  Keep exercising and you won’t have to worry about gaining a lot of weight.

If you find yourself hungry all the time, try adding some lemon juice to your water. Lemon is a natural appetite  suppressant,  which can help you avoid the urge to pull the kids Oreos out of the cabinet and eat them all. 

Don’t go to a party when you’re starving. Always eat something nutritious before you go.

If it’s a buffet style meal, always use the smallest plates and lay off the sauces and dips.


What suggestions do you have that can help others keep the weight off during the holiday season?