The 12 Ways of Handling Holidays

Managing your weight can be especially challenging during the holidays. With all the delectable cookies, candies and other party fare tempting us, mega calories are as much a part of the season as the imaginative gifts from Great Aunt Petunia — including that partridge in a pear tree hat.If you play it smart, you can still enjoy all the season has to offer — including your grandmother’s favorite stuffing recipe — without gaining the unwelcome gift of extra pounds. Losing weight during the holidays may not be realistic, but you can at least maintain your weight with a few helpful holiday hints.

Waist-Saving Party Tips

1. Plan ahead. If you’re going to a late dinner party, eat a low-fat snack like yogurt or a fiber-filled mini-meal like oatmeal or an apple before the party. Plan to take your Slimplicity® Accelerator Capsules before the party to help curb your appetite.

2. Visit the smart table first. Fill up at the low-calorie table with crackers, veggies and fruits before you even walk by the dessert table.

3. Limit alcohol. Limit yourself to no more than one or two alcoholic drinks at a party. In addition to the extra calories, alcohol tends to weaken your resolve for eating healthy.

4. Avoid guilt. Practice portion control, not total restriction so you don’t feel deprived. Feeling deprived is a slippery slope that can lead to overeating. So allow yourself treats now and then and continue to be part of family activities.

5. Sample wisely. Take small portions of the high-calorie dishes — a sample, not a plate full.

6. Be a food snob. Save your calories for the foods you really love rather than eating any food just because it’s there.

7. Bring your own healthy choice. If you’re asked to bring a dish, make a favorite low-calorie recipe. Lots of people are on diets to lose weight, or for heart disease or high blood pressure, so they’ll appreciate a healthy recipe, too.

8. Don’t drink your calories. Avoid punch or other sugary sweet beverages. Choose diet soda, coffee, tea or other noncaloric beverages.

9. Talk it up. The more you talk and socialize, the less you’ll eat. So brush up on your best stories! Remember it’s rude to talk with your mouth full!

10. Be generous to others. If you’re hosting the party, give away leftovers to guests as they leave to get the extra food out of the house.

11. Exercise a new tradition. You can maintain your weight and prevent weight gain by exercising more during the holidays. And don’t take the holiday off — make it a new family tradition to take a walk together.

12. Get back on track quickly. Most importantly, if you know you’ve overdone it during the holidays, don’t give up. Everyone stumbles now and then, and allowing yourself a few treats at the holidays is OK if you get back on track right afterwards. Exercise more and eat a little less the next few days and you’ll be back in the game!

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