How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 8:22 pm

It’s that time of year when extra calories lurk around every corner – frosted cookies at the office, eggnog at your neighbor’s, jelly doughnuts for Hanukkah or chocolates in your stocking. All these extras add up, and if you’re like most Americans, you’ll put on a pound or two by New Year’s Day. What’s the harm in a little holiday weight gain, especially if it’s just a pound? According to researchers most Americans never lose the weight they gain during the winter holidays. The pounds add up year after year, making holiday weight gain an important factor in adult obesity. Here is how to save yourself from Christmas overeating!

1. Never Arrive Hungry – Planning ahead can help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. Try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate.

2. Pace Yourself – Have you ever tried telling yourself you’ll only eat during the first half hour of a party? Goldberg says this strategy is a mistake. “If you cram in as much as you can in half an hour, you chew faster. Chewing more slowly will fill you up with less food.

3. Limit Alcohol – Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. It’s not just about calories but about control. If you drink a lot you, won’t have as much control over what you eat. If you feel out of place without a drink, just keep sipping water or club soda, “so you have something to carry like everyone else.”

4. Be Choosy About Sweets – When it comes to dessert, be very selective. Limit your indulgences, to small portions and only what is very sensual to you. What about sampling several desserts, if you only take a tiny bite of each one? Some people can eat one bite of something and stop. I don’t think most people can do that. If you know you’re the type who can’t stop at one bite, you’re better off taking a small portion of a single dessert than piling your plate with several treats you plan to “try.”

5. Walk It Off – Make a new holiday tradition: the family walk. Besides burning some extra calories, this will get everyone away from the food for a while.

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