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Is It Hard For You to Stick to a Diet Over the Holidays?

Is It Hard to Stick to Your Diet Over the Holidays?

Chances are you've been to a holiday party or two already. And besides the guaranteed drinks and merriment with your friends and family, there's another guarantee — the table of never-ending treats.

It can be hard to think about diet and exercise during a month chock-full of cookies, candy, and eggnog. I've asked my friends if it's been easy to stick to a diet as the holiday festivities ramp up, and most of them answer with a resounding, "No!" I'm the same; for me, the holidays mean less a focus on diet than ensuring I stick to a pretty normal workout routine (regular exercise is one of the best ways to prevent holiday weight gain), so I don't feel a compelling need to limit myself when the treats roll by.

If you're having the same trouble staying with a diet plan, don't worry; we have some tried-and-true tips for staying healthy whether you're at a holiday party or if you're eyeing the food court while gift shopping. But if you've abandoned all hope until after New Year's Eve, you're not alone — after all, January's a big month for renewed diet resolutions for a reason, right? So tell us: do you conveniently forget about your diet plans over the holidays, or do you make sure you stick to your normal healthy eating plans?

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yogarunlive yogarunlive 5 years
Yep, those treats are hard to resist - and they only come around one season a year, so I indulge and keep up my fitness routine.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I'm always less strict on holidays. Feels good to recharge.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Where I live, it usually gets down below zero a couple times throughout the winter and it snows up to my knees. That extra five pounds of insulation I get during the holidays is a god-send.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 5 years
I try to stick to just indulging on Christmas Day and keeping healthy as usual the rest of the time. And while I'm still getting my workouts in, I've been doing too much baking to be as good as I'd like.
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