20 Simple Tips To Fight Holiday Weight Gain
Trim your waist along with the tree this holiday season!
The holiday season is upon us and that means cookies and candy canes abound. As 'tis the season to enjoy a treat a bit more often than usual, it is important to pay attention to other areas of your diet in order to balance out your holiday eating.
Try to think of your diet as a bank account, if you spend a few hundred calories on a double-chocolate treasure or two, aim to cut back on your caloric spending in other areas. If you are not quite sure how you will be able to do so, I wanted to share a few nutrition tips and tricks to help you trim back without impacting the quality or quantity of your diet.
Read on for my 20 simple tips to trim the calories from your daily diet, translating over to a healthier and slimmer you:
- Purchase low or non-fat cheese and milk products vs. whole fat.
- Use smaller size glasses and plates to gain a better idea of portion control.
- Substitute extra-lean ground turkey breast for fattier ground meats.
- Enjoy a fancy ‘open-face’ sandwich by omitting one slice of bread.
- When topping off your salad, use a spray dressing instead of the liquid pour.
- Jazz up your baked potato with salsa rather than sour cream.
- Make half of your dinner plate veggies.
- When preparing stews, chili, or gravy, use a piece of bread to sponge up the excess fat.
- Sautee with chicken broth rather than vegetable oil.
- Using non-fat milk as your coffee-creamer rather than true creamer.
- Stop "taste testing" dinner (or your kid’s dinner!).
- Ditch the doughnuts at work.
- Cut calories in your evening ‘vino’ by mixing wine with naturally calorie-free club soda.
- Skip the bread basket!
- Ask the server to bag up half of your meal before it even arrives for lunch the next day
- Request dressing on the side or simply use vinegar or lemon juice instead.
- Enjoying a skinny latte in place of a frappuccino.
- Sip on water instead of soda.
- Ask for your sandwich to be served on butter-free bread.
- Request half the cheese on your pizza (with extra veggies!)