Six Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Dietician and nutritionist, Rachel Roberts, offers tips and tricks to stay healthy while still enjoying festive treats this holiday season.

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‘Tis the season for sweets and treats galore! From feeling stuffed at Christmas dinner to irresistible cookies and desserts, it’s no surprise we pack on the pounds during the holidays. How could you say ‘no’ to grandma’s homemade sugar cookies? Turns out, you don’t have to. Dietician and nutritionist, Rachel Roberts, from Wellness Resolutions in North Providence offers tips and tricks that allow you to stay healthy while still enjoying the festive treats and sweets that you love.


  1. Balance your consumption

If you want a piece of pumpkin pie for dessert, eat the pie. For a bit of balance, skip the appetizers (and extra calories!) before the meal. If mom’s stuffing (a family recipe) is too good to pass up, then skip the dinner roll. Savor what you do choose to eat and control your cravings to curb overeating. It’s all about a little give and take.


  1. Have a plan

Walk in to the party with a plan in mind – you will eat the mashed potatoes, you won’t eat the bread, you’re only going to snack on a small piece of dessert – and stick to the plan. If you are looking for something more concrete, put on paper or into an app your dinner and dessert ‘wants’ before the party. If what’s in front of you blows your calorie budget, decide what you can get rid of or eat smaller portions to fit all the good stuff in.


  1. Don’t linger food-side

Do not sit in arm’s reach of the food. Doing so could result in mindlessly snacking on an extra handful of calories you didn’t intend on consuming.


  1. Buffet instead of family-style

Family-style meals are traditionally served for a holiday feast. Instead, serve the feast buffet-style; guests will have to make a conscious effort to get up and get more food, which decreases the risk of extra nibbling.


  1. Offer healthier options

Stray from the traditional favorites with meals that require limited cook time and still taste like you’re home for the holidays. Several options include cinnamon roasted butternut squash, cornbread and mushroom stuffinglow calorie pumpkin pie and more.


  1. Exercise and set realistic goals

Exercise is essential to keeping the holiday pounds at bay. Chances are you’ll overindulge – that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself back on track with the stair climber or treadmill. However, being realistic is key. You can’t eat an entire apple pie and expect to shed it off right away. Results take time but balance and making proper meal (and sweet treat) decisions play an important role, too!



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