How can you avoid weight gain during holiday season?
Did you know the average American gains 7-10lbs during holiday season?
Increased stress, more travel, high calorie sugary foods, and missed workouts are all contributors to unwanted holiday weight gain.
As a registered dietitian, one of the big questions I get asked is how to avoid the unwanted weight gain during holiday season. Here are seven tips that you can use to enter 2019 the happiest and healthiest version of you possible!
1. Manage your stress - Stress is commonly referred to as the silent killer. Your hormones play a large role in maintain your health, and holidays tend to increase stress levels for most. Cortisol is the primary hormone that can increase sugar cravings, impact your mood, memory, and waist line.
Do mind based activities every day during holiday season to manage stress. Journal, yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises. Research shows even 5-10 minutes per day of mind based activities can reduce stress levels and improve health and body composition in adults.
2. Don't neglect sleep - Holiday season can mean longer days, travel, which can negatively impact your sleep schedule. We've been told since we were kids to get our 8 hours of sleep, but...