Your Holiday Weight Gain Survivial Guide: 17 Tips to Not Gain a Pound

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Avoid the sugary drinks. Credit: Kirti Poddar

17 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

7. Bring your own healthy dish to every party/potluck/random excuse to eat and drink you get invited to. Not only do you look like a saint for helping out the host, but more importantly, no matter what is on the menu, you know you will have access to a healthy, low-calorie meal you can feel good about.

8. When you do arrive at a holiday party, take a second to survey the scene and see what your options are. Look for things like raw veggies, fruit platters, cheese, nuts and lean meat. Stay away from fatty calorie bombs like creamy dressings, dips, fried foods and sweets. Then pick one or two more indulgent things you will give yourself permission to enjoy—after you finish your veggies, of course.

9. Have a safety cocktail for parties. Pick a go-to low calorie drink to allow you to enjoy the party without swilling thousands of unneeded calories. Wine and clear liquors with low-calorie mixers are a good choice. If you like beer, go for the light stuff. The simpler the drink, the lighter it is.


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  1. Good advice Kelly. This year I’m all about healthy holiday meal makeovers. For example, server celery root puree instead of mashed potatoes. Raw celery root has only 8 grams of carbs per cup versus 24 grams of carbs per cup for raw potatoes. That’s a DRASTIC savings! Plus, celery root has way more nutrition than potatoes and it tastes YUMMY.

    Happy, Healthy Holidays to All My FBG Sistahs:)!

  2. I like your suggestions. But there is one I do not agree with. Number 6 says to regift that fruitcake that you do not want yet number 5 says not to give things to others that you don’t want. I think the fruitcake could be tossed unless you know the person would really enjoy it.

  3. These are all great suggestions but I find number 2 requires maximum discipline.It aint easy to simply say no when caught up in the moment.How many would sincerely turn down a bowl of hot chips at a close friend’s party, for example? I’m sure very few.

  4. Such great advice! Holidays are always such a difficult and tempting time when you are trying to loose weight! Even though I am from the UK, I still have the same problems around Christmas time! This advice is really helpful and I will definitely try and use it on Christmas day!