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Leave the holiday bulk to Santa

That people love to eat is a universal truth. It is why, on average, people spend six years of their entire lives eating. During the holidays, when family members from out of and around the country meet up and eat together, you tend to eat—a lot.

 

 

Combined with the fact that you tend to exercise less during the holiday season, especially in the colder States, this holiday overeating contributes to rising US obesity rates and usually translates to higher medical bills owing to diseases due to obesity.

To control overeating during the holidays, here are some tips that people can follow:

Drink more water. Drinking a lot of water before eating can induce the feeling of fullness, thus preventing you from eating more than you need.

 

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Image credit: shine.yahoo.com

 

Control your portions. Try sticking to eating smaller and healthier portions. Try to eat less carbs, sweets, and red meat, and more of the good stuff like vegetables and fruits.

Exercise. You don’t have to run a couple of miles in the snow just so you could get your daily exercise dose. Just being physically active can do. Dancing, playing with your children, or exercising at home can work wonders for your health.

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol decreases your inhibitions and increases your appetite, allowing for food binging sessions.

 

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Image credit: diyhealth.com

 

As with all things, moderation is key. Leave the holiday bulk to Santa.

 

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