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Tips for Surviving the Holidays without Gaining Weight

Updated on March 27, 2011

Survive the Holidays without Gaining Weight

It is possible to make it through the holidays without gaining a lot of extra weight.

The holidays may seem daunting with all of the entertaining and tasty goodies, but you can avoid gaining weight by cutting corners and making a plan. Just remember that every little bit counts! In fact, I lost weight during the holidays last year, but still managed to enjoy all of my favorite holiday foods. If I can do it, you can survive the holidays too!

Find Healthier Alternatives: Instead of the same old, fattening recipes that pack on the pounds and fat, find healthier versions. Or, you can replace some of the unhealthier ingredients in your favorite recipes with healthier ingredients. It is easier to make healthy substitutes while cooking and baking.

Chew Gum while Cooking: If you chew gum while cooking and baking, it won't be as easy for you to taste as often. Have you ever tasted too much, but still felt obliged to eat a whole dinner? Or, have you ever tasted that fudge or cake batter a bit more than necessary? Avoid all of that by keeping your mouth occupied with a strong gum.

Use a Smaller Plate: If there isn't as much room on your plate, you can't fill it up with too much food. Studies have shown that people who use smaller plates end up eating smaller portions. Smaller portions add up to smaller waistbands.

Take Smaller Portions: Don't feel guilty about eating the unhealthiest foods that are offered--just don't eat as much of it. Try to eat bigger portions of vegetables and smaller portions of the more fattening stuff. Portion control will help you survive the holidays without loosening your belt.

Start Each Meal with a Small Soup or Salad: Beginning each meal with a healthy soup or salad will help you fill up faster. This way, you won't overeat when it comes to the high-calorie main entries.

Share a Dessert Plate: Do you want to try the Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, and the Eggnog Cake? Find a friend or family member (or two or three) who want to try them all as well. Then, you can create a dessert plate that you can share. A few bites of each dessert will fulfill your craving, and leave you feeling better than eating three whole slices yourself would.

Create Active Holiday Traditions: Get the family to start a flag football game every Thanksgiving. Not into football? Try kickball. Make it a tradition for everyone to go on a long group walk after a big holiday meal. Throwing a party? Include jazzy music and make room for dancing. Take the family ice skating or snow shoeing.

Eat a Snack: Eating a snack before heading off to a holiday party will keep you from feeling so hungry that you want to eat everything on the buffet table.

How do you survive the holidays?

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Great ideas Stacie....I better try them this year ha ha

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