skip to main content

News & Events

Avoiding holiday weight gain

Posted 12/12/2013

Did you know that the average American gains four to eight pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s?

Here are a few things you can do to help yourself maintain your weight during the holidays.

Make time for some exercise. If you usually walk for exercise, keep it up during the holidays. If you don’t exercise, it’s a good time to start. It’s best to check with your physician before starting an exercise plan.

Keep a food record. Research shows that many people actually curb their eating if they know they will have to include it in a food record.

Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.

Go easy on the alcohol. Sometimes people forget alcohol has calories. Drink bottled water, diet soda, tomato juice or other low-calorie cocktails at parties.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has expert registered dietitians and nutritionist on staff to answer your questions and offer suggestions. For more information call 702-257-5516.

« Return to previous page