25 Healthy Holiday Choices
Make it to the new year without gaining a pound
15 Smarter Splurges
The WebMD Weight Loss Clinic is all about including your favorite foods, and
holiday time is no different. We want you to enjoy and indulge, but we also
want you to do it wisely so it does not result in weight gain.
The secret is to think sample and remember that the first bite is
really the best bite. Enjoy every moment of that bite, and then move on to
healthier alternatives. See the chart below for "better bites" that
will fill you up without packing on the pounds:
||Shrimp cocktail or plain seafood
|Fried chicken strips
||Sliced lean meat
||Wine spritzer or glass of wine
|Piece of cake
||Breast of chicken, skinless
|Hot buttered rum
|Potato chips with dip
||Small handful of nuts or plain popcorn
||Baked sweet or regular potato
||Apple or pumpkin pie
||Artificially sweetened hot cocoa
|Appetizer finger foods
||Smoked salmon on a whole-grain cracker
||Chocolate covered strawberry
||Wild or brown rice
|After-dinner drink or coffee
You'll feel so much better the next day if you load your plate with healthy
fruits, veggies, and simply prepared lean meats and seafood instead of
calorie-laden mystery foods.
Watch your alcohol consumption too. Alcohol adds lots of extra calories, and
it has a way of dissolving your resolve.
Don't let the saying "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"
describe your holiday season. Get your Z's, put a priority on physical
activity, and choose splurges wisely, and you'll maintain your weight until the
Originally published Dec. 16, 2004;
Medically updated Dec. 6, 2005.