Notice that we are talking about holiday weight maintenance, trying to diet during the holidays may set you up for a fail. You know you’ve been looking forward to the cookies your Mom only bakes once a year, or trying that recipe you’ve been fantasizing about. The key is moderation not deprivation, when may spin you in the wrong direction.

  1. Guilt is not an excuse. Don’t give up today just because you overindulged yesterday. Get back on track as soon as you can.
  2. Good fat curbs cravings. Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds & avocado can reduce carb cravings. Have these types of food for your midday snack before a night of partying.
  3. Step it up! Invest in a health tracker or simple step counter to find out how much you actually move during the day. Work up to 10,000 steps per day as recommended for optimum health.
  4. 3 Bite Rule. Go ahead and sample the sweets and treats, but keep it to 3 bites only. Festive parties offer a variety of satisfying nibbles, just keep it to 3 bites per option and you won’t feel deprived. Split heftier treats with a like-minded friend or two.
  5. Healthy Substitutions. A few simple options to replace fat and sugar in your own holiday baking can make a difference. For desserts, dips and casseroles; substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, cream cheese, eggs and milk. Baked goods do not suffer from the replacement of oil with unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana and at least 1/3 less sugar. But remember, just because it’s “healthier” does not mean you can eat twice as much. Moderation is key.

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