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Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Updated on August 8, 2015

Most of us just accept that we will gain some extra pounds during the holiday celebrations. Parties, large dinners and an abundance of sweets make it difficult to avoid. But there are ways to continue enjoying the festivities without adding pounds. Here are some tips to dodge extra calories without missing the fun.

Tip 1: Watch your Attitude

Having a party attitude is great, but not when it comes to portion control. An occasional splurge is okay, but with the weeks of celebrations, it can add up fast. One slice of pecan pie is 500 calories. Do that every day for a week and you're facing an extra pound.

Tip 2: Watch your Plate Size

Dinner plates have grown in size over the centuries. Larger plates tend to lead to larger portions. Larger portions lead to weight gain. And there are usually a large variety of options to choose from at holiday events. Nutritionists suggest limiting yourself to three food items, and limit the size of the portions.

Tip 3: Put Some Distance between You and the Food Seeing and

Smelling food can trigger hunger. Sensory temptation is very powerful. We also tend to graze when food is easy to reach. If possible, sit or stand away from tempting foods. Another method is to only partake of vegetable dishes or healthier fare, if available.

Tip 4: Get Your Fiber

It's well known that fiber is responsible for promoting healthy digestion, but it also has other benefits when trying to control weight.

- Fiber is calorie free, and causes you to feel full quicker and longer.

- Fiber promotes consistent blood sugar levels, which prevents sugar highs and crashes.

Typical holiday dishes such as pastries and baked goods contain very little fiber. Try adding dishes containing beans or whole grains to boost your fiber intake. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber every day.

Tip 5: Ditch the Butter and Gravy

Buttering that roll or that serving of potatoes can add about 200 calories to a meal. Butter is used in many holiday recipes like sauces and gravies. Avoid buttering dishes that already have butter in them and keep gravies and sauces to a minimum.

Tip 6: Don't be fooled by Vegetables and Fruits

Dishes that are made from vegetables or fruits may not be low calorie. Many of these contain tons of sugars, syrups and fat. Culprits include cranberry salad and green bean casserole — two holiday favorites. Try to always choose fresh vegetables without additives.

Tip 7: Skip the Toppings

Adding marshmallows or whipped cream to dishes and desserts can add as much as 100 calories. If you feel like you can't pass that sweet topping by, look for low calorie alternatives or those made with natural ingredients.

Tip 8: Curb the Alcohol

Many of the beverages traditionally offered around the holidays are loaded with sugary calories, for example egg nog. These really sabotage your blood sugar control. Alcohol can slow metabolism and decreases inhibitions, making the tendency to over-eat more likely.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi a very useful hub. Thanks

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