The happiest season of the year is here and it means parties – good food and drinks everywhere!

Sticking to your diet might get tricky because (1) there’s so much food to share, (2) you wouldn’t want to offend people who have worked hard for these meals and well, (3) grandma’s cooking is just irresistible and you get to taste her cooking once year!

If you can’t say no, here are some things you can do to stay on track:

(1) Choose what you eat – eat more protein over carbohydrates.
(2) Steer clear of sugary drinks like wine, alcohol and juice. Drink more water.
(3) Choose frequent small meals over big meals.
(4) Stay active! Walk around after eating or get engaged in activities.
(5) Relax. Get enough sleep.

The key is to keep it basic. Don’t be too rigid with your meal plan – it’s a season of joy and giving and the best gift you can give yourself and your family is good health! Happy Holidays!

How to avoid Christmas weight gain (and still indulge)

1. Always eat a healthy breakfast
2. Keep moving
3. Eat mindfully
4. Be prepared
5. Sleep well
6. Eat before you go out
7. Watch your drinks
8. Don’t pick at food
9. Enjoy the Christmas feast
10. Learn to say no
11. Know when it’s over

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While staying on top of your weight goals can feel daunting during the holiday season, multiple tips and tricks can help keep you healthy, happy, and weight-conscious during this time of year.

Beyond general diet tips, it’s best to make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise and limiting your intake of holiday treats.

If you’re diligent, you may find that you’ve not only prevented weight gain but even lost weight during this celebratory season.