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7 ways to avoid holiday weight gain

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5. Think small.

The holidays are a time that people like to indulge a little bit, but you don’t want to overdo it either. Try to make small changes in your everyday life to even out the extra calories you might consume. For instance, skip the cheese on your sandwich or spend your lunch break walking around the neighborhood so you don’t have to turn down your favorite holiday treats.

6. Go nuts.

At holiday get-togethers, it’s easy to graze on baked goods, candy and chips. Instead, grab a handful of mixed nuts and snack on them slowly. Nuts are loaded with healthy fats and are very satisfying.

7. Create a calendar.

 

With the holiday season come family visits, travel, get-togethers and other time-devourers that always seem to get in the way of daily workouts. Instead of skipping them, make a schedule for the next few months that includes all of your obligations, then pencil in your workouts just like any other appointment. That way, you won’t be tempted to skip them.

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