6 Smart Holiday Diet Tricks
You’ll probably be in a house full of family and friends celebrating this holiday season. Avoid going overboard and packing on extra pounds with these six simple tricks to avoid overeating.
1. Hang with the Kids
If the adults are all circling the food table, spend time with the children. At almost any age, kids are more likely than adults to be doing something active. Their energy and playfulness should help distract you from food.
2. Appoint Yourself Activity Director
Take the lead in suggesting non-eating activities that the family can do together, from playing Scrabble or charades to building a snowman.
4. Keep “Free” Snacks and Beverages on Hand
Satisfy your munchies with very low-calorie treats like carrots, celery, sweet peppers, sliced jicama, and diet drinks. That way you won’t have to rely on your willpower to steer clear of all those diet-busting rich foods.
5. Be Helpful Anywhere but in the Kitchen
This is a tough one, especially if you’re at the in-laws’ house. But it’s easy to nibble when you’re surrounded by food preparation. Volunteer for other duties: cleaning up, setting the table, being bartender, running errands – anything that doesn’t directly involve food.