5 Ways To Not Gain Weight Over The Holidays

Christmas-tree shaped holiday snacksIt’s that time of year: Holiday office parties, Christmas dinners, sugar cookies  and festive cocktails. Add to the mix a dose of holiday stress and there’s no wonder why most of the average American’s annual weight gain occurs between October and February.

Here are 5 tips to avoid excessive weight gain during this holiday season:

  • De-stress. Holiday stress can raise cortisol levels, contributing to belly/visceral fat.  Counter stress with the “Luckie 7″ breathing technique: Inhale to a count of 7, hold for a count of 7, exhale to a count of 7. Do this 7 times.