3 Tips to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

Holiday season is all about parties and cozying up by the fireplace on a cold winter night. But all those hors d’oeuvres and hot chocolate can really put a damper on your diet.

Here are 3 tips to avoid winter weight gain:

1. Make a workout schedule and stick to it.

I get it… Some days when it’s freezing and dreary you just want to throw on your PJs and hang out on the couch. But don’t fall victim to that temptation. Instead, buy some workout equipment that you can easily store at home like a yoga mat, a light pair of dumbbells, a medicine ball and a jump rope. That way if it’s too chilly outside at least you can do a quick workout in your living room. Another tip: try exercising in the morning BEFORE work. You’ll feel accomplished before even stepping foot into the office.

Related: 5 Fitness Tips To Get You Back On Track

2. Eat a healthy meal

Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables before going to your office holiday party. Filling up before the event means you’ll be less tempted to pick at the party food being passed around.

3. Take it easy on the alcohol.

When you’re drinking you’re less likely to make healthy eating choices. Booze is also packed with extra calories. So try to have a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage to help pace yourself and lessen the calories.

Remember though, its okay to indulge every once in a while, just don’t make it your new holiday tradition.

Related: Alcohol and Energy Drinks: A Dangerous Mix

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Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.

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