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3 Secrets to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

3 Secrets to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are here and it’s in full swing around our house. We’ve already attended 3 holiday parties, and we have 2 of our own coming up!

I’m a baker, and this time of year is the most dangerous time of year for me. I love to make brownies, cookies, cakes, pies, and candy for our family and friends.

It can be a slippery slope.  Some reports say that people gain anywhere from 5-10lbs during the holidays!!!

What’s a girl who’s watching her weight to do?

Last year was the first year that I didn’t gain weight over the holiday season. Here’s how I did it.

3 Secrets to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1.  Get Moving!! 

The last thing you want to do is sit on the couch and do nothing. Make sure you workout 3-6 days a week during the holidays.  Not only will you have more energy, you’ll have room for a special treat here and there.

Notice I said, here and there, not daily.  When we workout we naturally desire to eat better which is another perk of exercise. You’ll want to do your body right.

2.  Enjoy a Mini-buffet!

At a party you’ll have plenty of choices. Walk around the room to see what’s available before you start putting food on your plate.  Next, put the healthiest foods on your plate first.  After that, you can choose a couple sweet treats that you’ve been dying to taste.  Take a sliver, not an entire piece (especially if it’s something like cake or pie).  The taste of a couple of different desserts will keep you satisfied.

3.  Don’t Waste It!

Calories are one thing you don’t want to waste. If you taste something from your party that isn’t up to par, toss it! Don’t waste those valuable calories on yucky junk, when you could save them for something else.  I LOVE food, and when I taste something like mac and cheese that doesn’t taste good, instead of wasting 500 calories, I leave it on my plate, and eat something else instead. Who said you have have to be a member of the “clean plate club?”

This tip alone saves me hundreds of calories at parties over the holidays.

For more tips, check out my 25 Holiday Health Hack Series over at

What are your secrets to keeping the weight off during the holidays?

Annett Davis is an Olympian in Beach Volleyball. She loves great food and helping people get healthy over at Her favorite topics are marriage and anything fitness related. Being married to her soul mate, Life Coach and author Byron Davis for 16 wonderful years, Annett loves being a homeschooling mom of 2. She blogs over at, and inspires kids to grandmas to get in shape for life in her private accountability groups.

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