6 tips to avoid holiday weight gain

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Diane Jovanovich, lead dietician at McLaren Port Huron, recently offered her practical tips on how to avoid the holiday weight gain many people experience. In addition to her suggestions of being mindful of portions and making nutritious choices, Jovanovich offers more tips below that will help you navigate the holiday party season and not gain additional weight.

1. Eat a small snack before going to a party. Arriving to a party on an empty stomach will likely cause you to over-indulge and eat until you are full.

2. Limit heavy treats to one serving. The holidays without a piece of cake or slice of pie doesn't feel right, but portion control is key. Limit it to one piece of cake or one slice of pie. 

3. Track what you eat. Tracking what you're eating and putting in your body will help keep you from over-indulging.

4. Don't leave snacks laying around. Save desserts for dessert time. Leave the cookie tray and candy bowl off the counter to avoid the temptation to eat them throughout the day.

5. Don't use exercise to over-indulge. Staying active with cardiovascular or weight training during the holidays is great, but it should not be used as an excuse to eat more and over-indulge.

6. Don't skip meals. While it may be tempting to skip a meal after a high-calorie night, skipping meals can throw off your metabolism.

Following these very practical tips, you can avoid excessive weight gain while still enjoying the holiday season.

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