With all of the festivities throughout the holiday season it can be difficult to stay on track with your diet and exercise, but there are certain things you can do to enjoy yourself without packing on the pounds. Here are a few tips you can try to help you out:
- Balance your meals
- Instead of filling your plate with only high calorie foods, have a few of your favorites, but make sure you include a lot of fruits and vegetables, too! You can still enjoy your usual holiday foods, but are still getting a lot of healthful nutrients as well.
- Limit sugary foods
- Foods high in added sugar can cause you to crave even more sugary foods. Instead, to satisfy your sweet tooth, try having a piece of fruit or dark chocolate. If you just can’t resist that piece of pie, only take half a serving. Check out some of these guilt-free recipes from Eating Well.
- Stock up on healthy snacks
- Choose a variety of healthy snacking items when shopping so you can have quick easy snacks on hand when you feel tempted by all of those leftovers. Easy snacking items can include, celery, carrots, and apples.
- Manage your alcohol intake
- Be careful not to overindulge when drinking alcoholic beverages. Remember, a 12-oz. bottle of beer contains about 150 calories and 4 oz. of wine has approximately 100 calories. Try to choose a lower-calorie beer or wine to help manage your calorie intake.
- Keep Moving!
- Don’t forget about your daily exercise during the holiday season. Any little thing you can do to move from moving gift boxes to decorating the tree -keep moving! Not only will exercise help you keep off the pounds, it can also help you manage stress that is associated with family get-togethers and holiday planning.
Regardless if it’s the holidays or not, you can go into the new year with some of these tips to make for an excellent 2017!
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