10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Experts say portion control is key when the temptations are endless.
4. Count Your CanapÃ©s
When there are canaps, it's easy to lose count of how many you eat. Keep
track by stashing a toothpick in your pocket for each one. Set a limit and
stick to it.
5. Outsmart the Buffet
When dinner is served buffet-style, use the smallest plate available and
don't stack your food; limit your helpings to a single story. "Go for the
simplest foods on the buffet," Finn says. "Fresh fruits and vegetables and
shrimp cocktail are good choices. Watch out for sauces and dips."
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.