10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Experts say portion control is key when the temptations are endless.
6. Limit Alcohol
Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. "It's not just about
calories but about control," Finn explains. "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, Goldberg suggests sipping water or
club soda, "so you have something to carry like everyone else."
7. 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," Goldberg says. Her
personal rule on sweets: "If it's going to have calories, it has to be
What about sampling several desserts, if you only take a tiny bite of each
one? "You have to know yourself," Goldberg says. "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."
8. Bring Your Own Treats
Whether you're going to a friend's party or an office potluck, consider
bringing a low-calorie treat that you know you'll enjoy. Bringing your own
dessert will make the more fattening alternatives less tempting.
And don't feel your dessert has to be typical holiday fare. "Get away
from rigid thinking about what holiday food has to be," Goldberg says.
"People love fruit."
9. Limit 'Tastes' While Cooking
If you do a lot of cooking during the holidays, crack down on all those
"tastes." "People lose their appetites when they've been cooking
because they've been eating the whole time," Finn tells WebMD. Instead of
tasting mindlessly every few minutes, limit yourself to two small bites of each
item pre- and post-seasoning. "Just put the spoon in and taste a little
bit," Finn says. "It's not grounds for a big scoop."
For tried-and-true recipes, dare yourself not to
taste the dish at all until it is served.
10. 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 awhile.
"Get people off the couch and move," Finn says. "Go out for a
walk as a family before or after the meal." She says walking not only
benefits you physically but also puts you in a mindset to be more careful about
what you eat. "There's something about activity that puts you in