Keep Off those Holiday Pounds

If you only gained one pound during the holidays, it wouldn’t be so bad. But let’s be honest—that never happens!

“Snacking is one of the major causes of weight gain—especially with added holiday stress, it’s easy for people to mindlessly reach for another cookie, then another and another,” says Heather Hausenblas, PhD, of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance. Below are a few of Dr. Hausenblas’ tips to keep snacking and weight gain under control this holiday season:

>>Chew Gum: Keeping your mouth busy will help you avoid popping a random cookie or piece of candy in your mouth.

>> Keep treats /snacks hidden: Out of sight, out of mind. Keep cookies, candy, and other sweet snacks on a high shelf and out of your sight.

>> Keep alcohol to a minimum: The more you drink, the more you will want to eat. Alternate between water and a drink to stay hydrated.

>> Mingle at a party : Don’t stand in front of the food table at holiday parties. Mingling away from the table will keep you from constantly having your hand in the dip.

Try these tips to stay lean and energized throughout this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did!