Oh the holiday season. A time for family. A time for gift-giving. And arguably, a major time for weight gain. You can relate, right? Teen Mom Jenelle Evans recently posted a picture (right) with son Jace and boyfriend Nathan Griffith -- and it seems like the MTV star is getting a lot of flack for possibly putting on a few extra pounds.
Who knows, maybe it's the horizontal stripes, or maybe she has put on some weight? But let's be real everyone -- who doesn't add on some extra lovin' between Thanksgiving and New Year's? Of course, no one wants to gain weight, but it's almost inevitable this time of year. Not to worry, though, because there are some ways to avoid it.
1. Eat everything ... in moderation: If you completely cut out a food group, then you'll most likely crave that over everything else. Instead, it's OK to taste things if you can put your foot down at tasting them. Plus, you don't want to offend your Aunt Ida when you refuse a teensy sliver of her pumpkin pie.
2. Wear the right clothes: This may sound silly, but opting for a look that's so comfortable you could eat yourself silly and not feel like your pants are getting too tight may be a problem. Instead, find a flattering dress that you absolutely adore for the work holiday party. This way, you won't be tempted to overstuff yourself thanks to the elastic waistband on those leggings from college.
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3. Don't arrive starving: Ahhh, the oldest trick in the book. Instead of showing up to you friend's Christmas party starving, have a snack or two before you arrive. This way you won't be ravenous and go crazy at the sheer sight of the appetizer table.
4. Pace yourself: Most holiday get-togethers go for at least three hours. That's a lot of time to be around a lot of food. Realize this. Accept this. Know there's NO rush to eat everything around you, and that you can go back for more later on.
The most important thing about the holidays, though? That you're having a good time and surrounding yourself with people you care about. Sure, it's easy to get caught up in weight gain. But the holidays come around once a year. I can't blame Jenelle or anyone else if they choose to indulge a little.
Do you think Jenelle has gained some weight? How do you keep your eating under wraps during the holiday season?
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