The average American gains 1-2 pounds during the holiday season. But this seemingly inevitable weight gain is avoidable with some simple approaches to holiday eating.
Planning ahead for nutritional holiday eating will help you maintain a healthy weight. Remember, even one positive diet change can help contribute to your overall health and well-being.
Here are some tips to help you and your waistline through the holidays:
- Choose healthier foods that are low in fat and calories, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Have a smaller portion of the not-so-healthy foods you love, and conserve calories by skipping something else that’s not as important to you.
- Pay attention to what you drink. Two mixed drinks can contain 500 calories, but two glasses of cider or white wine have only 300 calories.
- Put gravy through a skimmer before serving, and you’ll cut the calories by 80 percent. Holiday gravy that’s not skimmed can add as many as 500 calories to your holiday dinner.
- Serve stuffing baked outside the turkey; it has half the calories of stuffing cooked inside the bird.
- Eat white-meat turkey, which has fewer calories and less fat than dark meat.