Molly McNamee | How to stay lean this holiday season
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How to stay lean this holiday season

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in America, which means it’s time to eat. From Thanksgiving to New Years, American’s eat, on average, 619 extra calories per day. Those extra calories are the reason the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds during the holiday season. Gaining this much weight in a short amount of time can really take a toll on a person’s health and self-confidence. So today we are going to talk about how to fight the winter weight gain this year.

1. Drink Responsibly

It goes without saying; holiday parties can easily result in a few too many cocktails. A couple drinks with friends can easily turn into 300 extra calories. I’m not saying you should bail on the fun, but try to make smarter choices when you are around alcohol. Try to choose a beverage that contains fewer calories. Mixed drinks have significantly more sugar and calories than tequila straight. Drink slower or alternate between a glass of water and a glass of the good stuff. If the bar is serve-yourself, don’t fill up your glass to the brim.

2. Never go to a party hungry

Skipping meals so you can eat more later in the day is a bad idea. You should never go to a party, where this is likely to be lots of tempting unhealthy snacks, on an empty stomach. Instead, try eating a healthy protein and vegetable-filled meal before heading out. This way your stomach is full and you won’t get caught drinking on an empty stomach or binging at the dessert table.

3. Exercise

If eating extra calories is inevitable, you may as well put them to good use. A majority of people spend holiday season eating and sitting on the couch watching football or holiday movies. Carve time out of your day for a workout. If your schedule is extra busy, because it is holiday season after all, try a program like the #25DaysofMFit. The workouts are all under 15 minutes, so you can get your sweat on in a timely manner.

4. Smaller plates, smaller portions

If you are hosting a dinner party, it is easy to stack the deck in your favor. Serve healthy food and supply partygoers with smaller plates so they can’t stuff themselves. If you are attending the party grab a smaller portion or eat part of your plate and wait 20 minutes to see if you are full!