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Getting on Track after Holiday Weight Gain

"I would just try to fill up on the fresh fruits and vegetables if they're available. If you're going to a party, maybe take some of them with you as a hostess gift so you'll know that you'll have healthy options available," Benedick said.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The holiday season might be winding down, but many people are now dealing with the consequences of over indulging. And if you indulged a little over the holiday season there is plenty of time to make up for it in the New Year.

Clinical dietician with Summit Health, Ashley Benedick, said just start over fresh. Literally.

"Maintain your normal eating schedule, don't try to skip meals. A lot of people think if they're going to overindulge, they're going to save up by skipping breakfast or skipping a dinner, or something because they ate too much. You really just want to maintain the same eating pattern," said Benedick.

And she said don't try to save your calories, either.

"Over time that just ends up with you overeating, and actually eating more calories than you began with so you just want to get back on track," she said.

But it's hard to get back on track, especially because most of the special holiday dishes that we like to indulge in are creamy and cheesy. But Benedick said look for other options.

"I would just try to fill up on the fresh fruits and vegetables if they're available. If you're going to a party, maybe take some of them with you as a hostess gift so you'll know that you'll have healthy options available," Benedick said.

And with the New Year right around the corner, for those who are making resolutions to get healthy and fit, being realistic is key.

"Little bitty steps that will help you achieve that main goal overall, whether it be weight loss, or whether it be increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables or decreasing consumption of sugary sweetened beverages, things of that nature. They all lead to better health," she said.

And dieticians with summit health say to also remember that alcohol contains empty calories, so do mixers, which is a good reminder with New Year’s Eve Tuesday night.

And experts remind us that this is something we can do all year, not just in January when we set those New Year’s resolutions.
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