‘Tis the season to eat, and that’s just the problem: ‘tis the season, not just one day.
There are days before, after and in-between that involve more finger foods, more appetizers, more drinks, more desserts…and more leftovers. And all those extra calories end up as unwanted weight gain—2 to 5-plus pounds in fact—and many of us don’t generally lose that weight after the holidays, especially as we get older.
Avoid the bulge of indulgence
- Don’t take a holiday from exercise—keep up a regular routine.
- Don’t skip meals—but also don’t nibble in between—because every bite counts.
- Fill up on lower-calorie, nutrient-dense, high volume foods such as fruits and veggies. They can help you feel fuller.
- Have a sliver not a slice—this applies to the party buffet and dessert.
- Use a plate or a bowl for even the smallest snack—you’ll eat less.
- Be sure to limit the sauces. There are lots of hidden calories in mayo, sour cream, salad dressing and other sauces. Go easy or remove them all together.
- Choose only the foods you really want and keep the portions small.
- Contrast flavors, textures and temperatures for more satisfaction in your eating.
- Beware of liquid calories—eggnog, beer, soda and wine. They do not add much in the way of nutrients.
- Forget the all-or-nothing mindset. Depriving yourself of special holiday foods or feeling guilty when you do enjoy them isn’t a healthful eating strategy. And deprivation and guilt certainly are not part of the holiday spirit!
- Not satisfied? Here are a couple other pointers.