The Best, Proven Ways to Keep Off Holiday Party Pounds

We all know that holiday parties can detour your road to weight-loss progress: Here are my favorite smart ways to swerve around these diet disasters.

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Eat a filling snack before the party, like an apple and two teaspoons of fiber-rich, protein-rich peanut butter. Pack a handful of almonds or a mini string cheese in your purse. 
That ought to hold you until you get there.

Know how you keep yourself out of the kitchen at home? Chat, and socialize!
That's really the best way to have a great time without being distracted by food.

Passed appetizers?
I like to see what's coming out of the kitchen first. If I really want something, I indulge in just one treat to satisfy my craving. Then I move on. 

Zoom in on these healthy, fat releasing nutrients at the buffet: fiber, vitamin C, calcium, protein and dairy.
Best way? Get friendly with the crunchy, satisfying veggie tray or fruit platter. 

Wear your favorite outfit, the one that makes you feel fabulous.
If you look good, you feel good! 

Party with friends, and ask them to help you keep your nibbling in check.

Or just ask them to make you laugh. Studies show laughing hard for long enough does burn calories equal to a quick session at the gym.

If you're getting a pour, choose red wine. 
Red wine has resveratrol, which studies show releases fat and protects against obesity and weight gain. 

Pick the smallest size plate at the buffet. 
According the Food and Brand Lab, a non-profit research facility at Cornell University, eating off a 10-inch dish instead of a 12-inch one can help you slash calorie consumption by 22 percent. 

Pass on the eggnog and other rich drinks.

Even if there's no space to do so, crank up the tunes and let loose for extra burn.


Source: Reader's Digest





Susan Arruda