Studies show the average American gains four to six pounds between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. With some of the year’s biggest holidays in a two-month time span, it is no wonder why many people are concerned about gaining weight. Thanksgiving is packed with delicious foods ranging from turkey to fruit pies, and Christmas time is filled with cookies, candy canes, and other delicious treats. As a result, many people fear that they will obtain the infamous holiday bulge.

To help, we have made a list of things you can do to avoid gaining the holiday weight:

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is important for maintaining a steady level of energy in your weight loss journey. It is important that you drink water on a regular and constant basis. In addition, a cold glass of water can act as a mild appetite suppressant. So when you are reaching for that box of crackers or perhaps an adult beverage, drink a cup of cold water first. You may be surprised afterwards that you really don’t need that snack after all.

When Craving Sweets, Eat Natural Sugars

The holidays are full of desserts, candy, hot cocoa, and many other forms of sugar. When you find yourself craving a sweet treat, have a piece of dry or fresh fruit instead. A naturally sugary treat may be enough to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Have A Dinner Event? Have a Light Lunch

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, you may find that your schedule is packed with more dinners and parties than any other time of year. During a holiday party or event, you may find it important to enjoy yourself and remain respectful of the host’s dinner options, and we think you should do just that. To do so without feeling guilty, make sure your lunch that day is lighter and healthier than usual. This will give you a little more “wiggle-room” when dinnertime comes around.

Opt in for the Healthier Side Dishes

We all know that sides can be some of the most delicious parts of a meal. Instead of reaching for the bowl of mashed potatoes smothered in cheese and butter, enjoy a side of sautéed asparagus or other healthy sides. Additionally, try eating the healthier sides before consuming the fattier and more calorie-dense foods. By doing this, you can ensure you are getting full on the healthier foods and only tasting the unhealthier dishes.

Suffering from a Weight Issue? A Better Weigh Center is Here For You

If you are lacking confidence due to a weight issue or would like to speak to a professional about losing weight, contact our Dallas bariatric surgeons at A Better Weigh Center today. We understand how frustrating life can become when you don’t love the way you look and feel. That is why we are here. When you become our patient, we want to fully understand where you’ve been and help you on your weight loss journey and determine whether a bariatric procedure or a diet and exercise plan can help you achieve your goals. We have exercise therapists and nutritionists on staff to help you get started.