How Not To Gain Weight During the Holidays
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Tempting and tantalizing, visions of sugarplums dance in your head. It is easy to overeat during the holiday season. The three key tricks to remember during party-hopping season are: make healthier food choices, scale back on portion size and schedule some time for exercise. Follow these easy guidelines, while enjoying goodies and food fare in moderation, to prevent gaining weight during the holidays.
Healthy Food Options
- Eat daily from all food groups: grains, vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat and beans.
- Search the buffet table for vegetables and go easy on the dip, unless it is fat-free. Look for cheese chunks and pass on the crackers. Ground turkey meatballs are a leaner choice over ground beef.
- Curb cravings for sweets by eating grapes. Many party platters provide bunches of grapes along with cheese and crackers.
- Become size-wise. As portions have grown, so have our waistlines.
- Keep a serving of pasta to the size of a tennis ball (1/2 cup).
- Avoid pancakes larger than the size of a CD.
- Select a slice of whole-grain bread about the dimensions of a cassette tape.
- Choose a chunk of cheese about the size of your thumb (1 ½ oz.).
- Select a piece of meat or fish about the size of a deck of cards (3 oz.).
- Limit your favorite sweet treat to one or two. Choose a fruit pie with wheat crust over a layer cake with frosting and eat only ½ the slice.
- Get a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio, three times weekly.
- When you're at the mall, set aside 30 minutes before shopping begins for fast walking. Walk the entire inside perimeter without stopping.
- Park at the end of the parking lot and walk the distance to the mall. Once inside, use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
- Take a family hike into the woods to cut down your Christmas tree, instead of picking one up at the mall parking lot.
- Look for community 5K races, such as turkey trots and Santa runs, in your area. This can be the start of a new family tradition.