With Christmas just two days away, some people are looking forward to family, friends, and of course food.
Rebecca Turner is a dietician who says with kids being out of school, families coming into town, and even the weather, can result in mindless eating. The extra pounds gained during the holiday are usually blamed on the big holiday meal. But Turner says that's not always the case.
"Smaller meals throughout the holiday season typically are off track, to where they add up to the weight gain compared to those big dinner items that usually are found on the actual holiday," says Turner.
Turner says healthier habits in the days leading up to the holiday meal allows for portion control, and finding time to exercise. She says any physical activity can be helpful after enjoying a big meal.
"Start your day while you're having your cup of joe, or eating your healthy breakfast...You think of three ways that day that you can fit in some sort of health activity or healthy eating. It sounds so silly, but when we take the time to prepare or pre-think it, we're much more likely to actually follow through with it the rest of the day," Turner says.
Turner encourages families to buy smaller paper plates to help cut portion sizes. She also suggests drinking lots of water, and incorporating fruits and vegetables in every meal.