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Trying to avoid holiday weight gain?

holiday foodThe 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.


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