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9 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

By Jenny Craig

The holidays are a time to spread good tidings and cheer with family and friends, which usually involve parties with tables full of presents, food and drinks to delight in. With all of the events between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, it can be easy to gain unwanted weight. Here are a few tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain and eat healthy during the holidays:

1. Eat before the event.Holiday_EatBefore.jpg

Grab an apple or a non-fat plain Greek yogurt with a little fruit to help fill you up before arriving at a party. This way, you won't be famished and can focus on enjoying the company rather than making a beeline for the hors d'oeuvre table. 

2. Don't skip meals.

You may be tempted to skip breakfast and "save" all of your calories for the big feast but you could be setting yourself up to overeat. Remember to have breakfast, lunch and a snack. Follow your menu for the day so when it's time for dinner you'll be less hungry and less likely to overdo it.

3. Plan for social situations.

You can still enjoy social events while following your weight loss plan; it just takes a little pre-planning. When going to a holiday party, offer to bring a vegetable platter so you'll have a healthy snack to munch on. If you're going out to eat, check out the menu online to plan your meal ahead of time.

4. Don’t stand by the food.

It’s easy to get caught up in everyone’s excitement as they pile their plates high with goodies. Once you create your plate, step away from the table and socialize away from the food.

5. Avoid alcohol.

Holiday_Drinks_Updated.jpgAlthough alcohol is a common staple at most holiday gatherings, it may hinder your weight loss goals by piling on liquid calories. It could also potentially influence your decisions when it comes to making healthy food choices. Instead of pouring a glass of wine, opt for a soda water or refreshing unsweetened iced tea. Garnish it with a lemon wedge and other festive fruit to add flavor and color.

6. Enjoy desserts in moderation.

Cookies, holiday lattes and pies seem to surround us during the holiday season. Look for treats that take your holiday favorites and put a lighter spin on them, like our soft baked Iced Oatmeal Cookie or delicious Lemon Cookies. Or, stick to a light and refreshing fruit salad to satisfy your sweet tooth.

7. Watch your portions.Holiday_PortionSize.jpg

Ask the host/hostess what items will be served at the party so you can create a game plan and stick to it! When in doubt, stock up on vegetables and lean proteins, then choose a small bite of 1-3 of your holiday favorites, so you can have taste without over-indulging.

8. Feel empowered to say “no.”

'Tis the season for giving, but you don’t need to give in to every holiday meal. Avoid holiday weight gain by committing to your weight loss plan and being selective about what you decide to eat. If friends and family pressure you to try something you’re not interested in eating, you can follow our PRP—Polite, Reason, Polite—technique.

9. But also, feel empowered to say “yes.”

Moderation and portioning are key, but you may attend an event where you happen to grab an extra peppermint brownie square or had one too many sugar cookies. The important thing is to recognize this and plan for next time. Don’t stress or worry too much over it—it happened, it was delicious and now you have another moment to choose a healthier option that will help you feel festive, energized and revitalized to continue in the holiday cheer.


These tips can help you avoid holiday weight gain as long as you commit to them! There is so much joy beyond the food and drinks that can easily sweep you up in the holiday spirits. Whether you’re dashing through the snow or laughing all the way through your neighborhood while singing carols, we wish you good tidings as you celebrate your weight loss journey with friends and family.


Are you ready to commit to healthier living this holiday season? Contact us to book a free appointment and discuss your weight loss goals with one of our personal consultants.







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