Tips for a Thinner Holiday

We look forward to this time of year to enjoy some of our favorite holiday treats at parties and gatherings, so why not splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is a national pastime. Year after year, most of us pack on at least a pound (some gain more) during the holidays -- and keep the extra weight permanently. So here are a few tips to help you keep the holidays thin. 

Get Active - Eating less and exercise more is the winning formula to prevent weight gain during the holidays. Take a walk early in the day and again after dinner—it’s a great way for families to get physical AND enjoy the holiday together.
Eat Breakfast - Eating small meals in the morning can give you more control over your appetite, which in turn helps with portion control to equal less calories. Be sure to include protein and fiber in your breakfast—you won’t be starving for dinner.

Lighten Up - Whether you are hosting or bring a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar and calories. It won’t hurt anyone to have a salad or fresh fruit  too!

Police Your Portions - Check out the menu—don’t waste calories on foods you can have all year long. Fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites that come only once or twice a year.

Skip Seconds - Try to resist the temptation to return for second helpings. Instead, limit yourself to one plate and enjoy one of your favorite desserts.

Choose the Best Bets on the Buffet - Keep in mind some holiday foods are better for the waistline than others. White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie tend to be the lowest in calories and fat.

Focus on Family and Friends - The holidays is not just about the fabulous food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends.

GMC's registered dieticians can work with you to customize a diet plan or just help you get through the holidays. To learn more, call 678-312-6040 or click here. If fitness is your goal, our exercise physiologist can develop a workout plan to meet your fitness goals. Click here to learn more.


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