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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

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The average American gains one to two pounds during the holiday season. While that may not sound like much, experts say a couple extra pounds can easily become permanent baggage and add up year after year. With a little thought and preparation, however, you can eat the treats you want without packing on the pounds.

Eating during the holiday season is all about balance; eating the treats we want, but also remembering our good health habits to avoid packing on the pounds. How do we make this happen? Registered Dietitian, Dana Nahai says start by preparing lighter meals in-between the holiday get-togethers. "You want to focus on foods that are naturally low in fat and high in fiber like vegetables, whole grains and beans."    

When you do head out to the holiday parties, she says try not to pile too much on your plate. "You don't want to consume more than the typical amount that you would consume at any other sit-down meal." If you plan on drinking alcohol, here's a trick to cut down on calories. "Try refilling your glass with water in-between cocktails."

Although our schedules get hectic this time of year, it's also important to remember to exercise. It helps burn off those extra calories, so that when we do indulge we may still get through the holiday season with the gift of health.

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