It’s December, and visions of holiday food dance in my head. But making healthy food choices is tough when temptation is everywhere. It’s so easy to splurge and overeat. On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. But you don’t need to wait until the New Year to lose the weight — just a few tweaks can help you avoid holiday weight gain.
We talked with registered dietitian and certified personal trainer John Rickards, and he gave us these five tips for getting through the holiday season without gaining a pound (no deprivation required!):
Avoid Holiday Weight Gain With the Gift of Better Nutrition
It’s not always easy fighting temptation on your own. If you’re an IBX member, chances are you’re covered for six free annual visits with a registered dietitian who can help you come up with a healthy meal plan and stick to it — even during the busy and stressful holiday season. Check to see if your plan covers nutrition counseling. If you hurry, you can get some of these visits in before the end of the year, and you’ll have another six to use in 2021.
To find a participating registered dietitian, primary care provider, or another network provider, Independence Blue Cross members can search our Provider Finder Tool.
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