Holiday weight watch

25 Nov

The holiday health funk

During the holidays, it is expected and normal for us to want to take a break from our diets and exercise to just relax for a while. The last thing on most peoples’ minds is probably their health. This, however, is what gets many people in trouble during the holiday season. It’s much easier to prevent yourself from gaining 15 pounds than it is to lose it. Here are some helpful reminders to consider during the holidays.

Stuff turkeys, not stomachs

Overeating is a real problem for many Americans year round, but particularly around holidays (first world problems, right?). We all know that eating too much over time can contribute to major health problems such as weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, but there are also many short-term problems that could ruin your happy holiday time. Pace yourself and get in a little activity to avoid the following:

  • Feeling moody
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches

Portion control keeps dieters on track

Just because you are watching what you eat, it doesn’t mean that you can only snack from the veggie tray. In fact, as long as you’re mindful of your portions, you can dabble in many of the traditional culinary delights. Of course, it would be inconvenient and just weird to actually measure out a half cup of mashed sweet potatoes or weight 4 ounces of meat! A useful trick it to estimate your portions based on the sizes of every-day objects:

  • One serving of meat is 3-4 ounces, which will usually fill the space of half your palm, or a deck of playing cards.
  • One serving of a side dish, like mashed potatoes, casserole, or stuffing is one ½ cup, or the size of half a baseball.
  • One serving of cranberry sauce is a ¼ cup, which is 4 tablespoons
  • One serving of pie would be approximately the size of the L-shape that your thumb and index finger make, while a single cookie should be the size of a pasta jar lid.

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