5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
With a cup of eggnog nearing 350 calories and 20 grams of fat (which, in a world of lesser evils, is better than a 400-calories-a-cup hot buttered rum, we suppose...), it’s no wonder the average American packs on 7 to 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. Before letting calorie-laden canapés and cocktails give way to your own belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly, abide by these tips to stay fit and trim while avoiding crisp apple strudels and schnitzel with noodles.
1. Rise and Shine
2. Get a Leg Up
Face it: after a night of champagne toasts and New Year's revelry, the last thing you’ll be looking forward to is a date with the treadmill. No need to wait for January 1 to revitalize your workout and plan a weight loss strategy. Whether you’re a novice gym rat or your workout seems to have hit a plateau, enlisting the help of a trainer, like Fockens, will get you on the right track and force you to be accountable and show up for sessions.
3. Prep, Not Pick
4. Quality, Not Quantity
Caramel corn, gingerbread men, pumpkin bread—they’re all amazing, but just because their a part of the holiday spread doesn’t mean you have to have it all. After enjoying healthy hors d’oeuvres, keep an eye on your main course portions. Try using a salad plate in lieu of a dinner plate so there’s less room to load up. Remember: tomorrow is another day, and the Rice Krispies will still be there.
5. Bottoms Up
It's no secret that Christmas cocktails can be loaded with hidden, empty calories. No one is suggesting staying clear of the cheer. Instead of drinks loaded with sugary mixers and syrup, says Fockens, consider a mix of vodka and (flavored) seltzer water with lemon or lime, pink champagne or Prosecco, or light beer. “Make sure you drink 1 glass of water for every alcoholic drink,” she suggests.
Photo credits: cookies, above right, Poncho Equihua; champagne, above left, ori2uru
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