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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

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Try these eight simple tips to keep your waistline in check without depriving yourself

Every holiday season, we're surrounded with tempting treats from Halloween through the New Year: overflowing candy pails, lavish holiday feasts, decadent desserts, calorie-laden (and delicious) drinks. And after months of indulging, our waistlines often show it. So how can you enjoy the tastes of the season without packing on the pounds?

First, a reality check: Chances are, you'll gain only about a pound over the course of the season. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health say people often worry about putting on pounds at the holidays, but most gain only a small amount. Unfortunately, most people also never lose their holiday weight, so the pounds pile on over the years.

The best solution for weight gain at the holidays, or any other time, is prevention. The experts at the Cleveland Clinic recommend these tips for keeping your waistline in check without feeling deprived this holiday season:

Remember: Holiday eating doesn't have to be stressful. Keep these simple tips in mind, and you'll be making smart decisions while enjoying all the best the season has to offer.

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