Tips for Minimizing Weight Gain over the Holidays

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by Tyler Hennegin

Food….delicious food, is one of my favorite things about the holiday season, but it can come with a price.  My mouth waters just thinking about some of the traditional family recipes that I know will be served up at our holiday gatherings.  Every family member seems to have their own specialty that they bring to share:  Crab toasties, roasted turkey, green bean casserole, holiday ham and countless cookies, pies and desserts.  For a couple of days each year, my mom’s kitchen morphs into something that would pass for another room in Willy Wonka’s Factory.  With all these goodies so readily at hand and little to do but sit around and talk, it can be easy to over indulge.  Here are some tips from WebMD on how to prevent all these temptations from turning into extra pounds.

  1. Never arrive hungry: Try to have a nutritious snack before arriving and drink plenty of water to help yourself feel full.
  2. Pace yourself: Eating slowly and putting your fork down in between bites will help to control the amount of food you eat.
  3. Outsmart the buffet: Use the smallest plate available and don’t stack your food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good choices to incorporate on your plate and beware of sauces and dips.
  4. Limit alcohol: Alcohol can carry calories of its own, but drinking too much can also contribute to loss of control over how much you eat.
  5. Be choosy about sweets: Try to limit your consumption of sweets to small portions and make sure what you’re eating is what you what you really crave.
  6. Consider bringing your own Treats: Bringing your own low calorie healthy snacks is a good way to avoid feeling the pressure to eat less healthy options.
  7. Walk it Off: Help yourself and your family by starting a new holiday tradition to do a family walk. This will help burn calories and keep people away from all the food inside.


TylerAbout Tyler Hennegin

Sports lover, Dad of one son and one daughter, and Insurance Agent!
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Tyler has worked at MAX since January of 2011 and has 10 years of experience in the insurance industry.   Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Watching his children be active in sports like soccer, gymnastics, football and basketball keeps him busy and hopping around town.

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