Dieting During the Holidays

Year after year, most people will gain at least one to two pounds between October and February — and keep the extra weight permanently. But this does not have to sabotage your goals. With a little know-how, you can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy a guilt-free holiday feast.

Be Realistic

Consider shifting your goal from weight loss to weight maintenance. Dieting through the holidays doesn’t have to leave you feeling deprived. With a little pre-planning, you can have a healthy and happy holiday dinner. Using low-fat ingredients, like reduced-fat mayonnaise or cream, and sugar substitutes in your dishes can cut hundreds of calories.

Manage Stress

Stress is one of the main reasons why people overeat during the holidays. There is stress related to interacting with family members, the financial stress of buying presents and the general stress of hosting holiday events. Take the stress out of hosting by planning the meal ahead of time, ordering takeaways or sharing the labour by asking others to bring food.

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