4 P.M. INTERVIEW: Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— Studies show that people tend to gain at least one pound during the holidays and they don’t typically loose the weight.
Here are some ways to break the holiday weight gain odds:

If you are a host for holiday activities, consider putting out non-alcoholic options such as sparkling water, water infused with lemons, cucumber, or mint, or 100% fruit juice so those who don’t want to drink have an easy alternative. You can also use smaller plates and cups to encourage smaller portion sizes.
If you choose to drink, alternate an alcoholic beverage with water. This will keep you hydrated and prevent you from drinking alcoholic beverages quickly.
Another idea is to eat a small, healthy snack before going to a holiday party to avoid overeating. If you do choose to drink alcohol, this will also prevent the alcohol from absorbing too quickly in your bloodstream.

Healthy Communities is a broad-based community coalition working on several different health priorities to improve all of the communities in the county.

There is group specifically dedicated to working on the issue of high-risk and excessive drinking and a group working on chronic disease, such as obesity.

There are a couple apps that you can download on your phone to help.
Hello Sunday Morning is an app that helps you understand drinking and compares your use to others like you.
My Fitness Pal is an app that helps track calories for nearly any food or drink that you can think of. It is a good tool to be able to see how many calories you have left for the day depending on your goals.