4 Tips to help you avoid seasonal weight gain

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Maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk for a variety of illnesses, including heart disease. Here are four tips to help you head into a healthier holiday:

  1. Indulge (a little). Allow yourself one “cheat meal” (in moderation) but don’t let it be more than one per holiday.
  2. Portions, portions, portions. No matter what you’re eating, try not to overdo it. Keep an eye on portion sizes, and avoid going back for seconds.
  3. Plan ahead. Anticipate what you plan to eat at the holiday meal and calculate the calories. Have a set calorie goal in mind. Maybe load up on low-calorie green beans and have a smaller serving of potatoes. When you’re satisfied, stop eating.
  4. Take control. Instead of falling victim to your aunt’s heavy cream-laden mashed potatoes, offer to make the potato dish this year and opt for roasted red potatoes with a little olive oil and fresh rosemary.

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