It's that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner -- frosted cookies, eggnog, pies, and stuffing. All these extras add up. The average American gains 1 - 5 pounds over the holidays. So what's the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it's just a pound? According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. But it is possible to enjoy holiday goodies without putting on a single pound. Here are some tips to help you maintain your weight instead of gaining:
- Portion control: eat what you like - even indulgences - but stick to smaller portions to avoid weight gain.
- Be choosy about sweets: choose only what you really want.
- Limit tasting while cooking.
- Bring your own treats to parties.
- Walk it off: Make a new tradition - the family walk after meals.
- Don't let all celebrations focus only on the food instead play a game, watch a movie, have a sing-a-long.