Holiday Weight Gain: Why It Happens and How to Avoid It
Do you find yourself gaining a few extra pounds during the holiday season? Well, you’re not alone! According to several studies, ¾ of Americans’ weight gain happens during the holidays, and the average person gains 1-2 pounds during the season. So how can you avoid holiday weight gain while keeping your sanity around tempting treats and late-night parties? Below are some reasons for gaining those unwanted pounds and what you can do about it:
Food is all around you.
If you’re like many who struggle with holiday weight gain, you probably realize that if there are delicious goodies around, it’s likely you’re going to eat them. It’s difficult enough curbing our sweet tooth during the rest of the year, but during the holidays, the parade of pies, cakes, and other treats can be overwhelming. The easy solution is to simply refrain from bringing them into the house, but if the snacks are for the company, keep them in the cupboards and fridge until your guests arrive. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
You’re an emotional wreck.
The holidays can be tough for those of us who are scrambling around to get things ready for family visits and get-togethers. Both good and bad emotions can whirlwind inside you. When we’re feeling stressed and emotional, sweet treats and salty snacks call our name. Instead of indulging in fattening ice cream or chips, relax with a satisfying and warming cup of Creamy Hot Chocolate or some decadent Caramel Pudding without all of the guilt.
You’re not getting enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation during the holiday season is not uncommon. We’re so busy with parties and shopping that we forget how important sleep is when you’re trying to avoid holiday weight gain. Studies show that people who sleep less eat more food in the evening, contributing to weight gain. The solution? Try to get more quality sleep. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, exercise regularly, and limit stress. Drink chamomile tea in the evening. Try not to eat or drink alcohol at least 2 or 3 hours before you go to bed.
The holiday season is a time for enjoying family and friends, and the food is a part of these celebrations. With a little dedication, it’s possible to maintain your weight and avoid those holiday pounds!
- Nashua Nutrition Admin