Monday, December 12, 2011

Beware of These Holiday Diet Traps!

stock photo : Buffet table at a dinner party

It’s coming to that time of the year when food is usually more plentiful and persons are much more likely to indulge in their favourite treats. Its also the time of year when, no matter where you turn, whether it’s in the office, at family dinners, parties or even just at home, you’re confronted with a multiple of choices, most of which aren’t very diet-friendly. Harmless as they seem, research conducted at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) shows that Americans gain a pound during the holiday season and this weight accumulates over the years. This suggests that weight gain during this time is a contributing factor of obesity later in life. 
While these temptations are hard to resist, they are certainly not insurmountable.  What you need to keep in mind is that portion control is crucial, especially at this time of the year. Portion control will enable you to have your cake and eat it too! Just be mindful of the amount. I have included a few tips that I use keep the pounds at bay without spoiling the fun.
  1. Never go to a party or dinner hungry. You will be less likely to resist temptations. Instead, have a healthy snack before the event. If you’re absolutely unable to grab something ahead of time, try to fill up on water as soon as you arrive. Planning is key.  
  2. Limit your alcohol intake. While moderate amount alcohol adds to the merriment of festivities, remember it also adds calories.  As an alternative, try sipping on carbonated water. If you can’t do without your liquor, limit yourself to one or two drinks. Remember, too, that the more intoxicated you are, the less you have control over what you eat.
  3.  Beware of the Buffet Table. In fact, turn your back to it so you’re less likely to be ogling the food. When it’s time to eat, avoid stacking your food and stick to one serving. While you’re at it: choose the smallest plates available and aim for the simple foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein. Avoid dips and sauces as much as possible.
  4. Pass up on everyday snacks such as chips, peanuts and candy. Spend your calories on special treats that you’re really craving. Why not bring a healthy alternative while you’re at it. That way, you’ll feel less like you’re missing out on treats.
  5. Socialize! Parties aren’t just about the food. They’re also about hanging out with friends and meeting new ones. So stop piling on the plate and start schmoozing.
  6.  It’s ok to say “No.” Just because the hostess is your friend doesn’t mean to have to eat everything that is offered. It’s ok to politely refuse. They’ll understand.
  7. Get Moving. Dancing is a great way to keep your mind off food and burn calories at the same time. Not just that, but it’s so fun!

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