Enjoy the Holidays Without Gaining Weight
Posted in Nourishment for the Body » Lose It on Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Enjoy the Holidays Without the Weight Gain
Holiday weight gain may seem inevitable with all those family gatherings, workplace events and other food- and drink-laden social engagements. With a little planning, however, you can avoid packing on unwanted holiday pounds.
Registered Dietition Julie Meeker, MS, RD, LDN, of Centegra Health System, offers some ideas:
Ø Don’t starve yourself before a holiday meal or party. You’ll only show up hungry and eat too much. Keep your hunger in check with a few small meals throughout the day.
Ø Enjoy seasonal flavors without all the calories. Try light eggnog and sugar-free spiced cider and hot cocoa.
Ø Use a smaller plate at parties and meals. It will seem like you are eating more than you are.
Ø Mingle away from the party appetizers. You’ll avoid mindless eating and temptation.
Ø When hosting a party, serve healthy food such as nuts, fruit kabobs, veggies with low-fat dip, whole-wheat crackers and low-fat cheese, or baked pita chips with hummus.
Ø Lighten homemade recipes by substituting half the butter or oil with healthy fat replacers, such as pumpkin, applesauce or light yogurt.
Ø Remain active. Sneak exercise into your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing housework at a fast pace or shoveling snow.
“Do not lose sight of your health goals,” Meeker says. “Remember that the holidays are a time to enjoy your family and friends and not an excuse to gain weight.”
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