Category: Nutrition

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Carbs and booze and sweets, the list of delicious foods is endless. The holidays are peak calorie season which is not good for your waistline or your health.

We all know the stuffed feeling of regret when we’ve eaten too much rich and calorie-laden food. At Attune Health, we love delicious treats just as much as the next person, but we have board-certified, holistic nutritionist Lee Bell to keep us in check.

Moderation, Lee said, is key to enjoying the holidays without packing on the pounds. She is sharing a few simple steps to avoid holiday weight gain.

 

  1. Snack before you go. Eating a little something healthy before you go to a holiday party means you won’t be starving. That means more time chatting with friends and family and less time grazing the food table.
  2. Limit your drinking. Set a limit of one, maybe two alcoholic drinks, depending on how long you will be at the party. Not only does alcohol carry a high calorie count, it can lead to increased eating.
  3. Bring a veggie side dish. That way you know there is at least one dish there you can snack on, guilt-free!
  4. Eat protein and more protein. Filling up on meat like turkey and roast beef, along with your veggie side dish, will leave little room for anything else, giving you just enough of an appetite for  small amount of sweet stuff.

 

For more tips on healthy holiday habits, check out this handout from Lee Bell and Attune Health.