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Strategies for Combating Holiday Overeating

Do the holidays put even your best healthy eating habits to the test? You're not alone. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, many people add from 5 to 10 pounds. With a little planning, you can enjoy the foods of the season without tipping the scales. Here's how:

  • Avoid hunger. Don't skip meals in preparation for a holiday feast. Being famished often leads to overeating. Instead, eat a small, low-fat snack first.

    Holiday Meal
  • Take small portions. Denying yourself will only lead to frustration. Use a smaller plate—your servings will look bigger.

  • Focus on family and friends, not food. It's hard to talk and eat at the same time.

  • Choose wisely. Go for lean meats, such as turkey. Load up on vegetables and fruits. Limit butter and high-fat salad dressings and gravies.

  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol weakens willpower. And don't forget, it has calories, too.

  • Stick to your exercise routine. Take walks after big holiday meals.

  • Delay dessert. If you wait a while, your craving for sweets may quiet down.

  • Stand away from the food. The closer you are, the more likely you are to nibble.

    Feast

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