Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain


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Ah, the holidays: family, friends, parties, presents – and above all – food! If you're trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss, the holidays can sink your ship quicker than a torpedo. Avoid holiday weight gain with some simple strategies from the Metabolic Research Center – the real food diet and weight loss plan that works.

Plan Ahead

If there's a cardinal rule for dieting during the holidays, it is “never go to a party hungry.” Prep yourself with a small high-protein/complex carbohydrate snack 30 to 60 minutes ahead of time. This combination helps stabilize the blood sugar and is slowly digested, so you don't walk in and immediately want to devour the entire buffet. Good choices: fresh veggies and a slice of cheese, turkey or chicken, a high-protein smoothie or yogurt and apple slices.

Nutrition Matters

While the goodies on that groaning table are mouthwatering, remember that you're still trying to eat healthy. Always go for the real foods first, as processed foods tend to be full of sugars or highly refined ingredients, and may have extra fat and salt to improve the taste. Instead of starting at one end of the table and walking the whole length, zero in on food that will give you the best bang for your nutritional buck. Hit the veggie trays, the salads and meat selections without a lot of fancy sauces.

Other Eating Tips for the Holidays

It's hard to overload a small plate, and the smaller space gives the visual appearance of more food. If large plates are the only size available, fill two-thirds of that space with salads and vegetables. Take only one serving spoonful of each dish; you'll be able to sample more items while still keeping calories low. Eat slowly and enjoy yourself – that's what parties are for!

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