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4 Tips to Stop Holiday Weight Gain

Do you usually gain weight from the time Thanksgiving starts and New Year’s Day arrives? You’re not alone.

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The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be a stressful time of year and can be difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Many of us feel as if we gain a great deal of weight during this time, but the numbers may not be as bad as we think. While the Japanese tend to gain 1.1 lbs and the Germans tend to gain around 1.8 lbs during the holiday season, Americans fall in the middle range, gaining about 1.3 lbs between November and January.

This may not seem like much, but when 39% of adults are already overweight, even this small weight gain is a step in the wrong direction! There are several things we can do to reduce or possibly eliminate weight gain during this festive time!

4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

  1. Exercise – The days are getting shorter and the calendar is filling up with party dates during this time of year making it difficult to get to the gym, but that is exactly what we need the most! Maintaining a regular exercise schedule will help to offset weight gain during this time of year – and make it easier to resume exercise after the holidays.
  2. Don’t Be Dippy – Many people grab from the veggie platter thinking they are making a wise choice but then pile on the rich, high-fat dips which negates that healthy option! By all means, go for the vegetables over the sweets tray, but watch the dressings and dips which add on the calories, fat and sugar. Most of us know to stick to low calorie, high-fiber, low-fat options and do well over all, but dips, spreads and sauces in rich holiday foods can really surprise us with added calories.
  3. Watch the Alcohol – Alcoholic drinks of all kinds add empty calories and carbohydrates, which are quickly converted to fat by the liver. Limiting alcohol consumption during holiday parties is smart…and not only for dietary purposes!
  4. Green Coffee Bean Extract – Taken 20 – 30 minutes before a meal with 8 ounces of water, Green Coffee Bean Extract will give your body a boost of chlorogenic acid, a powerful fat absorption inhibitor. Chlorogenic acid is a potent compound which reduces fat absorption and activates fat metabolism in the liver. It acts as a cholagogue, or bile flow promoter, which stimulates digestion and fat breakdown in the digestive tract and liver. Chlorogenic acid also boosts levels of glutathione, which is an antioxidant and free-radical scavenger. These functions of green coffee bean extract act to significantly promote weight loss, aiding us in maintaining a healthy weight during the holiday season and beyond!

With a little planning it is possible to avoid gaining weight during the holiday season. Green Coffee Bean Extract may be just be the edge you need to keep off those pounds – and possibly even lose weight during this busy time of year!

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