5 Slimming Solutions for Surviving Holiday Parties
Tis the season to…gain weight? Holiday time is often an excuse to indulge in fattening fare, sip on caloric beverages, and forgo the gym. In fact, research shows that the number of Americans who exercise regularly drops to its lowest point during December. Fortunately, with some strategic planning before your next holiday affair, you can save hundreds of calories–without feeling deprived. Employ these five waist-friendly tips throughout the holiday season to ward off weight gain:
Skip the chips and dip:
Did you know that just 11 Cheddar and Sour Cream chips has 160 calories and 10 grams of fat? Dip the chips in 2 tablespoons of creamy ranch dip for a total of 220 calories and 15 grams of fat. Did I mention you haven’t even sat down for the actual holiday meal? Yikes! Instead, have a high protein snack, like a nonfat Greek yogurt or handful of nuts, before the party. This will help to curb hunger so you aren’t tempted to overindulge. If veggies are available as an appetizer, definitely fill up. The fiber-rich veggies will keep you satiated until dinner.
Sip on spritzers and seltzer:
Instead of eggnog and other caloric drinks, opt for a white wine spritzer. One 5 oz. glass of wine has 120 calories, but diluting wine with seltzer drives the calories down. A good rule of thumb is to alternate between an alcoholic beverage and seltzer. This way you will always have something to hold in your hand, and you won’t have to explain why you aren’t downing the spiced apple cider. Flavor seltzer with lemon, lime, or fruit slices.
Pile on the greens:
While this seems obvious, opting for greens over holiday comfort food can be challenging. When making your plate, fill half with vegetables first. This way, you will have less room for the more indulgent fare, while still being able to try your favorite holiday classics. Another trick is to eat your meal in order of lowest-calorie to highest-calorie. By the time you get to the creamy, mashed potatoes you will be feeling full.
Bring a low-cal dessert:
Not only is bringing dessert a nice gesture, it also allows you to satisfy your sweet tooth for a calorie amount you are in control of—it’s a win-win! Check out this slim-style Holiday Sugar Cookie recipe or this delectable Fresh Anjou Pear Tart recipe if you need ideas. Happy (healthy) baking!
I’m not talking about the sandwich here–BLT’s stand for bites, licks, and tastes. Did you know each little BLT has around 25 calories? That can add up quickly when you’re sampling delicious holiday fare. BLT’s will not keep you full and satisfied, and you will be consuming unnecessary calories. The good news is if you employ the tips above, you probably won’t feel tempted to succumb to the dreaded BLT’s. Have a sense of awareness of your hunger, stick to your game plan, and don’t deviate!
This post was written by Chelsea Ariel Fuchs who is currently interning with Appetite for Health while finishing her Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Education at Columbia University.