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Holiday Health

MUSC Health Sports Medicine
November 29, 2021
Person passing a gravy boat during a Thanksgiving meal.

By Allison Kunze, ATC
MUSC Health Sports Medicine

It's important during this time of year to remember not to sabotage your body with the "once-a-year mindset." According to recent studies, a person can expect to gain anywhere from 3 to 12 pounds between Halloween and New Year's Day. Many can expect to gain weight due to the Holidays and have plans with gym memberships, diets, daily walks, etc. But how can you control overeating and weight gain during the holidays? Here are a few tips to feel full, but also keep your body healthy!

Get active

Whether it's a Turkey Trot, getting out to walk your dog for 30 minutes, or walking around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights, any activity to offset the calorie intake is a positive this time of year!

Bring some of your own dishes

Heavy calorie items like stuffing and gravy can be compensated with your own healthy recipes!

Control your portions

Take a small portion of all of your favorite foods instead of piling your plate full. Eat slowly and give your body time to digest.

Drink water

Drinking water before your meal can help increase metabolism as well as help with a full feeling while eating.

Skip the second round

It's a hard task but wait until the next day for the leftover thanksgiving foods. Save some room for a reasonably balanced dessert.

Go easy on alcohol

Limit alcohol intake as common drinking of alcohol is known to be a leading cause of obesity.

Eat breakfast

Instead of fasting for the big feast eat a well-balanced breakfast so you don't over eat during your bigger family meals!

Remember to take time during the holidays to enjoy time with loved ones, it's not all about the food.

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MUSC Health Sports Medicine

Keywords: Nutrition, Sports Medicine, Wellness