Ways to Control Your Weight This Christmas

18 Dec
New year's day
From Halloween to New Year’s Day the average weight gain is about 5 to 7 pounds. Unfortunately that weight doesn’t drop off come January. It’s like a winter coat that we never shed.Here are some ways to control your weight this Christmas. Which tips work for you?
 

Exercise

Build exercise into your day; schedule it as you would any other commitment.

Plan ahead

Plan your meals so you can avoid eating out.

Enhance family favorites

As you plan your meals and treats for the holiday season, look for creative ways to cut calories and boost nutrients in your favorite recipes.

  • Spice sweet potatoes with nutmeg and cinnamon rather than brown sugar.
  • Make sure to prepare a few vegetable dishes
  • Use dried fruit for half the chocolate chips in pumpkin or banana bread.
  • Cut cookies and bars into smaller bite size pieces.

Honor your body’s limits

Do NOT overeat.

  • Save room for dessert
  • Make one holiday favorite every month so that you are able to enjoy these favorites year round.
  • Talk to loved ones prior to meals and explain your personal goals. So that the line ” Go away ahead an have more” is avoided.
  • Eat slowly and savor each bite.

Eat breakfast

Keep alcohol consumption low.

alcohol calories add up!

  • Pint of beer = 150 calories
  • Typical glass of wine = 200 calories
  • Martini = 250 calories
  • Margarita = 300-800 calories depending on who makes it!
  • Spiked eggnog = 400 calories per cup
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One Response to “Ways to Control Your Weight This Christmas”

  1. thebettylife December 18, 2010 at 10:46 PM #

    Great tips! The alcohol one really is important, I think that is one of the biggest problems in gaining weight. Have a great Christmas & New Year. Betty x

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