10 ways to avoid holiday weight gain
The holidays are quickly upon us with Halloween just around the corner, then it's just a few weeks to Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. This time of year seems like it is full of food temptations paired with a dose of holiday stress and colder weather, making us far less motivated to get out and exercise. It is definitely a perfect storm for weight gain. Although studies show that most people do gain some weight over the holidays, experts disagree on how much people gain during this time, with studies suggesting anywhere between one to ten pounds on average. Unfortunately, it seems that people who are already overweight tend to gain more than normal weight people during the holiday season.
Regardless of the disagreement in the research, most people gain at least a few pounds. Therefore, we should all be a little bit mindful of the potential for weight gain during the holidays and try to at least maintain our current weight. Knowing this, I spoke to some of my favorite fellow registered dietitians to give you some tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain this season.