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Add Joy, Not Pounds, With Holiday Spirits

Tackle diet worries with real solutions during the holidays.

Eat and Drink in Moderation -- and Enjoy the Holidays

We all know it's easier to prevent weight gain than to take weight off. "Falling down at the holidays undermines your confidence and weight loss program," says Musante. "Many people tell me that was their downfall, and they waited until much later in the year to recover." "Don't approach the holidays thinking you'll lose weight," says Vasconcellos. "You'll set yourself up to fail, and you won't be able to enjoy food without feeling guilty. There are so many special foods. Pick and choose."

Here are calorie and carbohydrate counts for some of your favorite drinks from the Joslin Diabetes Center web site:

BeverageAmount (ounces)CaloriesCarbohydrates (grams)
Beer1215014
Light beer121006
86-proof liquor (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, Scotch, bourbon)1.5105trace
Red table or rose wine4851
Dry white wine4800.4
Sweet wine2906.5
Light wine4551.3
Wine cooler1219022
Champagne41003.6
Sherry2751.5
Sweet sherry/port2957
Dry vermouth31054.2
Sweet vermouth314013.9

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) web site defines a standard alcoholic drink as one 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Moderate alcohol consumption means no more than two drinks a day for men and no more than one drink a day for women and adults over age 65.

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