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How to Prevent a Holiday Season Weight Gain

The holidays, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, are still several weeks away, but it’s not too early to starting creating a plan of action for you to not gain weight.

Many people think that a typical weight gain during the holidays is about 5lbs.

That’s a myth.

On average, most people gain less than a pound.

But you don’t want to find yourself always looking backwards, to find that when you’re 40 years old and 20lbs heavier, that you could have enacted healthy changes for yourself earlier, solely during the holidays, which may preclude problems later in your life.

The easiest way to take off the extra pound is to not gain it in the first place.

That said, everyone is human, and the holidays do present a unique food experience ranging from fantastic family holiday dinner spreads, to holiday parties, to those baked goods you like to send to friends.

Therefore to thoroughly enjoy your holidays and to prevent yourself from even gaining a pound, here are a few suggestions:

1. Do 5 minutes of sit-ups twice a day = 100 calories

2. Skip the whipped cream on your holiday pies = 80 calories

3. Remember to keep your portions in control.

4. Take a moderately paced 30 minute walk after dinner = 90 calories

5. Shovel the snow from the sidewalks = 270 calories for 30 minutes

6. Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a local shelter = 120 calories per hour, plus the feeling you know you've done a good thing

7. Go dancing with your significant other = 135 for 45 minutes

8. Take the kids ice skating and don’t forget to get your own skates = 280 calories for 30 minutes

9. Skip one fun size Snickers bar on Halloween = 81 calories

10. After Thanksgiving dinner, surprise your mother by helping with the dishes = 60 calories for 30 minutes

11. Enjoy a taste of summer – Go to the local pool for a leisurely swim = 420 calories per hour

12. In November, make a 30 day pledge to keep a food journal.

13. For Christmas this year, give yourself the gift of a 15lb weight loss.

Lastly, the holiday season is a time to reflect upon your year.

Look at what worked and what didn’t. Honest reflection within ourselves can be the best gift of all, because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

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