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How to Get Through the Holidays

Tips for surviving the holidays without sacrificing your weight-loss goals.

Some Tips

Weight specialist Susan Bartlett suggests the following ways to keep your caloric count in check at a big event:

  1. Don't arrive hungry; eat something before you go.
  2. Pass up peanuts, pretzels, chips, and other everyday snacks. Spend your calories on the special treats you really want.
  3. Wear a form-fitting outfit, with a belt if possible.
  4. Make socializing, rather than food, the focus of the event.
  5. Keep your portions in check — to keep calories under control.
  6. Plan how much alcohol you'll drink. It loosens your inhibitions and contributes to calorie consumption.
  7. Don't stand near the buffet table. In fact, keep your back to it, so you won't even see it!
  8. Make a deal with yourself that you will learn something new about someone you don't know at the party.
  9. Wear a special piece of jewelry — a sparkly bangle or big ring — as a visible reminder to yourself to eat in moderation.
  10. Practice saying "no, thank you." It's okay to turn down invitations or tell a pushy host you don't want seconds.

Originally published on October 8, 2001

 

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