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For people who are concerned about gaining weight during the holidays, taking a few minutes for some advanced planning can help you to feel confident about your food choices during the holidays. Just because it is the holidays you don’t have to eat every single thing that you see at a party. If you have a few favorites you can give yourself permission to have one small serving of it at a party. Savor the serving and then cut yourself off--and this includes alcoholic beverages too.
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Be strategic in your approach to the dinner menu--when you get to the party, graciously ask about all of the food on the menu. You can then decide what you are going to eat to make sure you don’t just eat everything in sight. Be sure to ask about desserts too because you might decide to spend your calories differently. If there is a buffet, look at all the foods and make a decisions about what you want before you pick up your plate to fill it.
Eat five or six small meals per day--do not skip meals and think you can save all your calories for a late night dinner party. Your body doesn’t work that way. Eat five or six small meals as you normally would. This keeps your blood sugar level consistent. It prevents your body from going into a starvation mode and storing fat. Try to avoid eating or drinking alcohol late at night. This also causes your body to store fat.
Leftovers put on weight--when you eat lots of calories day after day your weight creeps up with each meal. Enjoy your high caloric meal as a special treat the day of the party or dinner. After your special event, go back to five to six small meals per day. If you keep eating the high caloric meals as leftovers and then go to functions with new high caloric choices you are setting yourself up to fail at eating healthy.
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