How can I avoid gaining weight over the holidays? It’s a question Americans ask every year. It’s commonly believed that Americans gain, on average, 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. However, it turns out that the average gain is closer to 1 pound — but think about gaining a pound every year and it adds up over time.
While a lot of it has to do with what you’re eating and how much, there are other factors at play here. Lack of sleep and family, financial and work stress are associated with increased weight gain over time too. Also, too often we tell ourselves that our diet and exercise plan starts Jan. 1, so we let ourselves load up on food in anticipation of taking it back off again.
But really, isn’t that just making it worse?
This year, why not make the pledge to keep going to the gym and cook low-calorie versions of your favorite holiday dishes. Why not make the effort to get plenty of sleep and manage holiday stress without binging? Make it easier on yourself by not putting off until Jan. 1 what you can do today!
We have some great holiday recipes for you to try, which use low-calorie sweeteners to cut the calories:
And for those of you addicted to pumpkin spice creamer in your coffee this time of year (no judgement, we swear!), here’s a lower calorie recipe to try: