4.  Outsmart the Buffet

When dinner is served buffet-style, use the smallest plate available and don’t stack your food; limit your helpings to a single story. “Go for the simplest foods on the buffet,” . “Fresh fruits and vegetables and shrimp cocktail are good choices. Watch out for sauces and dips.”

5. Schedule your workout like an appointment

You wouldn’t miss work, a doctor’s appointment or an important meeting to bake cookies or do some holiday shopping, would you? Add your workouts to your calendar so that other obligations don’t get in the way of your gym time. Tell your friend that you’d love to bring some cookies to her party but that you won’t arrive until after gym class lets out.

6. Limit Alcohol

Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. “It’s not just about calories but about control,”  “If you drink a lot you won’t have as much control over what you eat.” If you feel out of place without a drink,  I suggest sipping water or soda water, “so you have something to carry like everyone else.”

7. Be Choosy About Sweets

When it comes to dessert, be very selective. “Limit your indulgences to small portions and only what is very sensual to you,” . What about sampling several desserts, if you only take a tiny bite of each one? “You have to know yourself,”  “Some people can eat one bite of something and stop. I don’t think most people can do that. “If you know you’re the type who can’t stop at one bite, you’re better off taking a small portion of a single dessert than piling your plate with several treats you plan to “try.”

8. Walk It Off

Make a new holiday tradition: the family walk. Besides burning some extra calories, this will get everyone away from the food for awhile. “Get people off the couch and move,”  “Go out for a walk as a family before or after the meal.” Walking not only benefits you physically but also puts you in a mindset to be more careful about what you eat. “There’s something about activity that puts you in control.”

We hope you enjoy these tips and wish you all a festive and safe holiday season

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