Holiday weight gain is practically a national sport. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average weight gain during this festive, food-focused season is one to three pounds, which doesn’t seem like a lot … until you realize it’s over a four-week period. Research also shows that most people either fail to lose those pounds—or they drive themselves to extreme measures, like crash dieting.
If you’re on a crash course of gaining and losing weight, you are putting undue stress on your skin’s ability to expand and contract, which, over time, will result in loss of elasticity and accelerated aging. Maintaining a fairly constant weight is just as important for your skin as it is for your overall health.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, enjoying the holiday doesn’t have to be a diet breaker that wreaks havoc on your insides and external appearance. For the sake of your skin and body, practice portion control and make wise choices. If you have a choice between turkey and ham, go with the bird. It provides lean protein, giving you energy and helping you feel full. When it comes to potatoes, choose sweet over mashed. Sweet potatoes are high in skin-friendly vitamin C and provide an excellent source of potassium. When choosing your veggies, the leafier and greener they are, the better. Spinach and brussel sprouts are full of skin-friendly antioxidants. Also remember to limit your alcohol intake. It will add calories, and can weaken your willpower and dehydrate your skin.
Finally, instead of making this holiday all about the food, make it about connecting with friends and family and reflecting on what each of you is grateful for. Studies show that spending time with a strong network of family and friends actually reduces stress—another big skin-ager. That means being thankful for what we do have—and not sweating the small stuff—is actually good for your skin.
With these tips, you can triumph over Turkey Day weight gain, save your skin and appreciate all of the positive forces you have in your life.
How do you plan to triumph over Turkey Day overindulgence? Share what you’ll be doing to ensure your holiday is healthy and skin-friendly by commenting below.
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