The 12 Ways to Trimness
holiday season is fraught with tasty temptation from egg nogs to Yule
logs (especially those made of chocolate and cherries). Here are 12 ways
to make it to the new year without looking as though you're hiding a
partridge in a pear tree under your shirt.
Have a plan. Think about your personal food weaknesses.
Jot down solutions you can follow.
Don't go on a diet. Be realistic: forget about trying to
lose weight now. Just maintaining your weight over the holiday
period is challenge enough.
A bit will suffice. Enjoy traditional treats in
moderation so you don't feel deprived.
Increase exercise. Additional workouts remind you to keep
you focused on your long-term goal of weight control. It also
gives you an energy boost.
Set priorities. Accept invitations to events you truly
want to attend; decline the others.
Create new traditions. Take away food as the main
attraction. Organize a tag football game; cut your own tree at a
farm; go caroling or light up your neighborhood with luminaria.
Bring food. Going to a party? Take a guilt-free platter
of cut vegetables with a low-fat dip.
Host a party. Make healthy appetizers: fruit kabobs,
sliced bagels with smoked salmon, grilled shrimp with spicy
cocktail sauce, and fat-free bean dip with baked tortilla chips.
Avoid stress. If you seek solace in food when times get
tough, stay away from situations that might make you dash for
Watch what you drink. Stick with flavored sparkling
water, tea, coffee or diet soda. Even punch packs calories.
Average your calories. Balance food intake by eating
lightly before and a after a big meal.
Reward yourself. Buy a great new outfit for New Year's
Other tasty tips