Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Photo Credit: Nevit Dilmen CC-BY-SA-3.0
The holidays are a time for great friends and good food. Sometimes all that good food can go to your hips, belly and thighs. You should enjoy the seasonal treats but not so much that your New Year’s Resolution is to lose those 5 pounds you gained over Christmas. Here are some simple tips to help you avoid packing on the pounds during the holidays.
Focus on your friends and conversation instead of the holiday treat and banquet table. Don’t stand near the table to chat either. You might find yourself mindlessly snacking while you talk with friends and family.
Take your time while eating your holiday dinner. Have a glass of water before you sit down to eat. Water will help you feel fuller faster as well as keeping you hydrated. We tend to overeat when we eat fast. Chew slowly and savor your meal. You will enjoy your food more and feel full sooner. Keep a glass of water on the table and take a drink occasionally.

If your friends and family lay out a sumptuous buffet, take the smallest plate available. Your plate will look full with less food than a big dinner plate. Don’t pile your plate high with food. Limit yourself to one serving and don’t stack food on your plate. Choose as many fresh fruits and vegetables as are available. Watch out for sauces and dips! These may contain hundreds of calories. Holiday cocktails often contain hundreds of calories too. Enjoy your eggnog slowly and limit yourself to one drink, especially if your eggnog contains alcohol. Drink in moderation. 


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