With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, our healthy eating and exercising habits are usually the first to go. All it takes is a week of couch-sitting and binge-eating to destroy what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish the rest of the year.
The average American gains about two pounds during the holiday season. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but the problem is that most of us don’t lose it after we put it on. Fast forward five years and that’s ten additional pounds of bodyweight; 20 pounds after ten years.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here’s some tips to help you avoid putting on the extra weight in the first place.
1. Portion Control
Even the worst foods aren’t that bad in moderation, so it’s important to pay attention to how much you are eating. Between the snacks, appetizers, main dish, sides, and drinks, it’s easy for us to lose track of what we are putting in our bodies. You can still enjoy everything, just scale back the size of each dish.
2. Avoid Dark Meat
According to Everyday Health, the dark portion of a roasted turkey breast contains twice the amount of fat and 40 percent more calories than the white meat. You should also stay away from the skin; while it is one of the tastiest parts of the bird, it can add up to 100 calories on just a 5-oz. piece of meat.
3. Stick to Whole-Wheat Rolls
By now, you should already know the benefits of switching to whole-wheat products. Whole wheat rolls are higher in fiber and nutrients and lower in refined sugar than white rolls are. Take this tip even further by skipping the dinner rolls altogether, they can add up to 200 calories each!
4. Go Low-Fat
This is a simple tip that you can always use when looking to eat healthier, but it is especially important to remember during the holidays. Replacing your full-fat gravy, milk, butter, and egg nog with their low-fat counterparts can easily save hundreds of calories over the course of a meal.
5. Snack Healthier
Many of our holiday calories are consumed before the entree even hits the table. Instead of snacking on buttered crackers, high-fat deli meats, and calorie-packed peanuts and cashews, try munching on some vegetables with low fat dip.
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