Julianna Catena – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – From juicy turkey to the Christmas cookies, it can be hard at the holidays to control your mouth and not eat everything that comes your way. Many people do not realize that a candy cane here or a slice of pumpkin pie there accumulates into so much weight.

During this past Thanksgiving holiday, it is safe to say that there is a lot of delicious food ready to devour, but not a lot of it is very good for you and your body. Did you know that a person could consume as much as 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day? Or that only three ounces of turkey skin is about 482 calories? One little Christmas cookie could have up to 200 calories.

Here are some tips to help you try not to gain any weight during the holiday season.

  1. Eat and chew slowly.

This helps you pace yourself and lets your stomach feel fuller. This method also helps you digest a little faster.

  1. Just say no.

If you have a grandmother or another relative that makes you eat everything they make, it is time to start saying “no.” You will not hurt his or her feelings and it could cost you more calories and bad stuff in your body.

  1. Drink Your Water.

Drinking water can help you feel fuller, thus consuming fewer calories. You can also eat your water by eating salads, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a number of fruits. These water-rich foods help you to stay hydrated.

  1. Watch Portions and Skip Seconds.

Always use your best judgement when getting a reasonable amount of food. Those who over-do it usually gain more weight than those who portion control their meals. Make sure to look at labels and serving sizes. Also, once you feel full, you should always slow down and come to a halt with your food. So, skip the seconds.

It can be hard to control yourself during the happiest time of the year, but when it is summertime, you’ll be thanking yourself for not eating that second serving of pie.

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