LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As we hit the holiday season and feast on all its trimmings, there's no wonder the average American gains five pounds or more between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to the American Medical Association.
From Thanksgiving through the last drop of champagne at New Year's, healthy, sensible eating habits are all but forgotten. Regular exercise is often put aside during family visits and holiday travel.
But, you can avoid gaining weight, said Amy Ashmore, MS, RD, LD, University Medical Center chief clinical dietitian.
"With a few simple tips, the holidays still can be enjoyed to the fullest without putting on those extra pounds," Ashmore said. "The key is moderation and sticking to some sort of exercise, even during a disrupted routine."
It's not nearly as hard as you think, she added. Keep these things in mind this holiday season:
"It's hard during the holidays to think only about the taste and not the hunger," Ashmore said. "You've got to be cognizant about separating the two! And remind yourself, it'll be so much easier for your New Year's resolution not to be to have to take off what you put on during the holidays."
UMC Health System is the leader in comprehensive healthcare delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Founded in 1978, it is home to the region's only level I trauma center, the Timothy J. Harnar Burn Center, the UMC Heart Center, the UMC Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center and the UMC Children's Hospital.
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