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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight During the Holidays


We all gain weight in the winter. Without swimsuit season looming, it’s easy to gain a few pounds, especially with the Holiday goodies. Government statistics say that over half of all Americans are overweight and the National Institute of Child and Health Development released a study several years ago that the average American gains one pound per year during Holiday Season and never takes off that weight. This means that every decade adds 10 pounds! Here are some easy tips on how to prevent that weight gain this Holiday Season:

Eat first thing in the morning

Get your metabolism going early. If you don’t eat breakfast, your metabolism won’t get started until later in the day. Studies show that people who skip breakfast tend to gain more weight than people who don’t.

Get in a short workout first thing in the morning
Again, it’s all about the metabolism. Get your heart pumping early. Even if you only have 10 minutes, that’s better than nothing and that short bit of exercise can go a long way in getting your metabolism moving early. If you have a treadmill at home, go run as fast as you can for 10 minutes. If you don’t, just do some push-ups, jumping jacks, run the stairs, anything to get your body moving first thing in the morning.

Use milk instead of creamer
They do it all the time in Europe. Milk is a tasty but low-calorie alternative to creamer, especially when you use skim milk. Flavored creamers may be tempting, but most people can’t help adding too much and it’s full of calories. If you can’t drink your coffee or tea black, opt for skim milk.

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Set your top weight limit
Most people know what they have to weigh to be able to fit into their clothes. Let’s say you’ve noticed that your clothes get tight at 130 pounds. If you find that you’ve hit 130, it’s time to buckle down. Give up sweets completely for 2 weeks until you get below 130, then slowly re-introduce sweets if you must. If you never allow yourself to get above your ideal weight limit, you won’t end up adding 10 pounds per decade like most Americans.

If you’re not hungry, don’t eat very much
This sounds obvious, but most people don’t follow this rule. Most people think they are required to eat dinner just because it’s 7:00. Let’s say you went out to lunch and had a Coke, white bread to start, a pasta dish, and a few bites of chocolate cake, and a coffee with creamer. How many calories do you think you had? 2000? There is probably a reason you’re not hungry at dinner, so don’t force yourself to eat. Feel free to munch on an apple and a yogurt, but don’t feel like you have to eat another Pasta dinner just because it’s nighttime.

Staying thin isn’t easy, but with these tricks you might find it’s easier than you thought and it’s worth it if you can eat those extra cookies on Christmas morning, right?


Katie Mullen is the busy Mom to two toddlers, ages 3 and 1. She works full-time doing sales to support her husband through medical school and beyond. Katie’s husband is a surgeon in training, which means he is often gone and works grueling hours, leaving Katie to be a single Mom for much of the week. Despite this, Katie is a big believer in always looking for the positive in life and writes about how she does this in her blog, Mommy with Selective Memory Katie is a former athlete and is still active in running and training. Her husband is an orthopedic surgery resident and has a special interest in triathalons and is even doing clinical research on barefoot running. The happy but very busy family resides in the Mid-west where they enjoy being outdoors.


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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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  1. Felicia October 19, 2011

    Great tips!

  2. Susan Case October 19, 2011

    These are great short tips. I feel so much better when I exercise before breakfast. And seeing in print that you don't need to eat dinner (maybe just an apple and yogurt) makes an impact. Here's a tip: When I tell my husband I don't feel like cooking and would be happy with yogurt for dinner – he does the cooking! I know I want some Christmas cookies so will tape this article on frig. Time to exercise now.

  3. Sam October 24, 2011

    Some good tips here. Another one I would add is to drink a glass of water with a couple drops of lemon every morning, and balance the acid alkaline ratio.

  4. gena womack October 24, 2011

    It is always easy to forget the easy things. Thank you for taking the time to write them down. It is much appreciated. Thanks a million again.

  5. Cascia Talbert October 25, 2011

    Great tips, Katie! I make sure I work out first thing in the morning and eat small healthy meals throughout the day to keep my metabolism going.