Holiday Calorie Counting

Holiday Calorie Counting

The holidays are just around the corner. From eggnog and sugar cookies to the heavy homemade meals with all the delicious sides, it’s no wonder healthy eating habits are often tossed aside this time of year. Often, those who have been watching their weight all year feel their weight loss success is blown by too many “cheat days” during the holidays.    

What many dieters don’t realize is that it takes 3,500 calories to make up one pound. So, if you can’t resist the temptation of that piece of pumpkin cheesecake, don’t beat yourself up. Chances are, one serving of your favorite food doesn’t have 3,500 calories and won’t wreck your waistline. The key is keeping it to one serving, and not going in for seconds, or a sliver of a second.

There’s no need to sweat the extra calories, but now is the time to create a quick workout routine and have a healthy foods available at home to balance out holiday indulgences. If you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly it’s likely you will not consume enough calories to gain those holiday love handles.  

You may also consider volunteering to bring a healthy dish to maintain a balance while you are among tempting foods. Fresh vegetables with a light dip are not only delicious, but may keep you from indulging in other options like chips and breads which are higher in calories and easier to carelessly munch.  Consider trying fresh, unbuttered popcorn as a healthy, fiber rich option to curb your cravings for other salty or fried snacks. 

Drinking a glass of water before and throughout the party will also help curb cravings and limit your alcohol consumption. Empty calories are a major contributor to weight gain.

In reality, the average American gains about only one pound during December.  Follow our healthy tips so that is not you this year. Remember to choose healthy meals as much as you when you can, but there is no reason why you can’t indulge a little bit in your favorite seasonal foods. Enjoy!

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