Eat well, live fit: how can I avoid holiday overeating?

Tis the season to celebrate — with caution!

All year you attempt to exercise and watch what you eat and just when you finally get your weight under control….the holidays hit.  Snacks, desserts, and candy are everywhere.

The Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season is known for overindulging, and this can put a huge dent in your healthy lifestyle plan.

“Remember, 1 cookie has half as many calories as 2 cookies,” says Dr. Paul Summerside.  This equation can be applied to cake, pie and any other dessert you can imagine.  The trick is not to restrict, rather take time to enjoy your favorite treat.  If you head into the holiday season with moderation in mind, you can successfully enjoy your favorite foods without the weight gain.  Plan ahead and be aware of your personal holiday overeating cues.

Here are some easy tips to help avoid overeating:

  • Have a healthy snack prior to heading out for a party.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Staying hydrated helps ward off hunger.
  • Plan your plate.  Look at the food offered, make a balanced selection (vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains), and chose one dessert.
  •  Listen to your body.  Eat when you’re hungry, not just because there’s food in front of you.

Put these tips into action and you’ll feel healthier and happier throughout the holidays!

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.


About Regan Kust

I am a personal trainer at AuroraBayCare in Green Bay Wisconsin. Go Packers!
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