How to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

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Wondering how to maintain your weight during the holiday season?

Dieting can be tough when celebrations and treats abound. You may find it's more manageable to shift your focus from weight loss to weight management during the holidays, keeping in mind the mantra "Maintain, don't gain."

Here are some ways to make that idea work for you:

  • Tweak your diet with smart swaps. Look beyond the appetizers, drinks, and desserts offered at holiday gatherings for healthier food and beverage choices. For example, replace sugar-sweetened beverages with sparkling water. Instead of constantly indulging, switch out some of the high-calorie foods that surround you with fruits and vegetables. 
  • Keep moving. Aim to walk at least 7,000 steps daily.
  • Hold yourself accountable. Keep track of your progress and check in with someone who will keep you honest, too. That person could be someone who supports your goal.
  • Keep it interesting. Try new ways of tracking your food intake, sign up for a nutrition newsletter, or grab a magazine or hop online to read about healthier lifestyle choices. Staying inspired and invested in your weight loss goals can help you stay on track.

When you focus on maintaining, not gaining, you can enjoy the season — and help yourself avoid the post-holiday regret that often comes from having overindulged.

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