How to Avoid Thanksgiving and Christmas Weight Gain

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Question: I barely survived Halloween and still gained 2 pounds. Now we have the major holidays of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas with all the parties in between. How do I prevent myself from gaining even more weight before the new year?
Answer: To prevent the typical weight gain, which is on average five to eight pounds, you will need to muster your willpower, self-discipline and do a little planning. If you do the preparation, then you won’t need as much willpower.
For instance, make sure you eat a large serving of meat, especially if it’s turkey, and plenty of vegetables. Try to avoid vegetable dishes that are swimming in sauce. If you’re full from the healthiest choices then you won’t be as tempted to overload on desserts.
Avoid alcohol or, at least, limit your consumption. Alcohol has sugar calories that can sneak up on you if you’re not careful about your consumption.
To avoid some pitfalls at holiday parties, try to have a light meal or snack before the party. Eat up from the vegetable tray as an appetizer but leave off the ranch dressing. This fills you before you dig into the unhealthier choices that may be served.
After a big family meal try to get in a brisk walk and take as many friends and relatives with you. It keeps you moving and burns a few calories. Enjoy the upcoming holidays.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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