How to Avoid Getting a Holiday Muffin Top

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This is the time of year people often get together and they will over eat. The holidays bring laughter, joy and added weight, which can equal more pounds on the body.

The average American gains 8 to 12 pounds between October and February every year. The reasons are many, ranging from added sugar and high fat food consumption to more stress and lack of sleep. It’s important to continue to practice self-care over the next few months. These tips can to help you fight the holiday muffin top.

Invest in exercise equipment

You don’t have to wait until the New Year to get back into shape. In fact, buying an exercise machine for your own home is a great investment and will save money in the long run. You can cancel your gym membership and instead use the time that it would take to drive to the gym and back home, to actual work out in your own home.

Chew sugar-free gum

Chewing gum can help keep unhealthy cravings stay away. Chewing gum in between meals can help freshen your breath and reduce potential cavities. When you chew sugar-free gum it produces more saliva in the mouth, which acts as a mouthwash to remove food particles that stick and build up in between your teeth.

Naturally, the enzymes in your gums will go towards your stomach and digestive system signaling that you are not hungry because you’re chewing already. People can lose weight by chewing sugar-free gum. In fact, many diet professionals recommend this as a tool when you want to lose weight.

Buy a new toothpaste flavor

Studies show that people who use the same flavor toothpaste every season brush less time than those who change their toothpaste flavors regularly.

The winter season is a great time to change flavors, pick from: cinnamon, interment, peppermint any flavor that is different than the one you currently use will help you brush your teeth longer. When you have clean teeth you’re less likely to eat foods that will stain them. Avoid dark-colored foods such as chocolate and red wine for a whiter smile.

Go outside

Going into nature has a great detoxing effect on the body, mind and soul. When you take a walk outside, you recharge and are less likely to overeat or stress out. Spending time in the fresh air will help you get a new perspective on the situations that bother you most during the holiday season. Instead of turning to food turn to nature and go for a nice walk you feel better immediately.

This is a guest post.  For more health advice for the holiday season visit Dr. Todd L. Beck, at Mt. Tabor Dental, a Portland Oregon dentist. Shannon Kaiser writes for Doctors in Oregon. 

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