Holiday Countdown: Weight Gain

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The holiday season is upon us, so this week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about keeping your health and safety in mind as you prepare for the holidays. All the parties, treats and holiday dinners can add inches to your waistline if you aren’t careful.

The key to avoiding holiday weight gain is moderation. Bernadette Latson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods by choosing only the foods you really want to eat and keeping portions small. At a holiday feast where you know you’ll want second helpings, cut your first helping in half. At a party, do your socializing away from the buffet table or kitchen so you won’t nibble unconsciously as you talk. Eat a small, low-calorie snack like popcorn or a piece of fruit before you go to a party so you won’t be starving when it’s time to serve yourself from a buffet.

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December 2011

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