Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or other December holidays, chances are you’re surrounded by extra treats and festivities this time of year. The typical American gains at least a pound between now and January 1, and unfortunately, it tends to accrue year after year, causing increased risk for chronic issues like diabetes and heart disease.
One way to avoid weight gain is to watch what you drink. Alcoholic beverages provide lots of empty calories and they often stimulate the appetite, so it makes sense to limit. Drink slowly, space out your drinks, and choose options like red wine, light beer, or liquor with sparkling water or diet soda instead of juice, soda or other mixers (for example, try rum and diet coke or vodka with club soda and lime).
P.S. Red wine gets a shout-out for its antioxidants here.
Just One Thing to do: Trade sweet mixers for sparkling water or sip smaller glasses of wine.