• October 2016: “I ate way too many pieces of Halloween candy.”
  • November 2016: “Thanksgiving feast put me into a food coma. I cannot move.”
  • December 2016: “All these holiday parties are making me gain weight and my pants do not fit.”

With only 16 days left of December, I’m pretty sure I have a prediction of what most people’s 2017 New Year’s resolution will be… “Lose weight & Get fit!”

Despite the differences of religion and what everyone celebrates, there is one thing that we can all agree on… OUR LOVE FOR FOOD. Unfortunately, holiday season introduces your taste buds to delicious foods and causes your pants to get tighter. Not gaining weight during the holidays is challenging. Props to anyone who doesn’t gain weight during this season because that takes a lot of will power to say NO.

Holiday season is a time to celebrate with your family & friends so enjoy it. You can still indulge… but in moderation.

When it comes to “diets” everyone is always going to tell you something different. Whether they think its a Paleo diet, Atkins diet, or Mediterranean Diet it’s all about what works for them. In my opinion, diets do not work ( or at least not for me). When I go on a diet i’ll eat very healthy all week then start craving junk food and eat massive amounts of it. Yep, totally ruined my diet and gained more weight back.

There is no “Magic Pill” for not gaining weight but there are tips you can follow to help you prevent weight gain.

  • Drink a lot of water before and after meals
  • Avoid sugary drinks
  • Small portions of food throughout the day
  • Be aware of your portion sizes
  • Be more active
  • Cut back on sugars/starches
  • Eat more whole foods
  • Eat more fiber
  • Sleep more
  • Stop stressing

At the end of the day when it comes to preventing weight gain/losing weight it all depends on you. No matter how many times someone tells you the best advice, it is up to you to change your eating habits. Some days you will eat salads and other days you will eat cake ( and that’s totally OK!). It’s all about balance, consistency, and dedication.

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday with their loved ones & a even better 2017!