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Counteract holiday weight gain in one step

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Weight gain is no stranger to the holidays, but there are some things you can do to get ahead of the issue.

The Paso Del Norte Institute of Healthy Living at UTEP says decisions you make this holiday can get you off track.

Researchers say on average; people gain about a pound from November to January.

That might not seem like much, however, that extra pound never really goes away before the holidays begin in the next year.

Victoria Bruce with the Paso Del Norte Institute of Healthy Living says when you are planning your holiday meal plan, try to have healthy options on the table as well.

One suggestion is adding vegetables for dipping instead of chips.

Also, modify recipes to make them with less fat. One of Victoria’s favorites is French onion dip.

Traditionally the recipe calls for 16 ounces of sour cream, but Victoria uses only 8 ounces of sour cream and 8 ounces of Greek yogurt with the onion soup packet.

Bruce says when you make those opportunities available to make a healthier choice, people tend to do it.

However, when the only options are the same high-fat, high-calorie foods, people will go for it.

“Add veggie options.” Bruce continues, “what I've tried to do is tried to find ways to make healthier nudges, if you will, for my family and the office.”

Another tip, “smaller plate sizes for your buffet,” Bruce says also “Put your favorite items in a smaller bowl and put something healthier like natural light popcorn in a bigger bowl.”

One pound gained during the holiday doesn't sound too bad, but experts say that pound gained is never really lost.

Multiply that by five holidays in a row and you have a problem.

Bruce also emphasizes "nudges" or small changes so your family doesn’t revolt against you.

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