The two-month long “sweet season” begins with leftover Halloween candy and winds down with pecan pie, eggnog and fruitcake. Bite by bite the ounces add up to pounds, unless you find a way to control holiday eating.
North Americans gain about one pound during the winter holiday season. Unfortunately, researchers at the National Institutes of Health report that most people never lose that extra pound of weight, so it accumulates year after year. Later in life the extra weight may be a major contributor to obesity and the diseases associated with it.
It is unrealistic to try to lose weight during the stressful holiday season, so instead focus on maintaining your weight. You’re bound to indulge in many of your favourite foods that are only available during the holidays, making it hard to stick to a healthy eating plan. Plan ahead and consider these seven tips so you can enjoy your favorite foods without letting your nutrition goals go out the window: