In our last article, we began to discuss tips for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Even people with the best intentions of starting a “diet” for the new year, have a great deal of trouble losing holiday weight gain. Many Americans keep the weight on and are faced with the same problem the following holiday season. With this is mind, here are some additional tips to keep control during the celebration season:
Eat one food at a time
Research shows that your taste buds tire of a particular flavor. If you can eat one section of your plate at a time, you can leave leftovers of each flavor as you move on to the next.
Stock up on fiber
Go for the fruits without the cheese and the veggies and salads without the heavy dips and dressings. This way, you will already feel full before the fatty foods are on the table.
Contribute Healthy Options
When invited to a dinner, bring a healthy option like a yogurt parfait or fruit cocktail. This way, you are sure to have at least one low-fat option.
Use dessert plates
When possible, select smaller plates for your meals. Smaller plates really do help you minimize your portion sizes.
Consider smart substitions
Replace eggs with egg whites or egg substitute; replace half of the oil in dessert recipes with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce; use non-fat frozen yogurt instead of ice cream on pies.
What else do you do to make your holidays a little healthier? Let us know.