Healthier Me: Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

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With family get-togethers and work parties during the holidays, it can be a time of over-indulgence for many.

Valley News Team's, Danielle Barber, explains how you can stay healthy this holiday season and avoid the weight gain.

"It doesn't seem like it's one day anymore," said Elizabeth Meyer, a Sanford Dietitian. "It seems like it kind of turns into this month-long, week-long, weekend-long celebration. So, it's making good choices over and over again so we aren't totally ending up 10 pounds heavier all of a sudden."

To stay on track during the holidays, Meyer said to keep everything in moderation.

"The message isn't deprive yourself," she said. "You can still eat them, but have them in smaller portions. Or, look at all the treats you have on the spread and decide which ones you really want to have and which ones can I really live without."

When it's time to eat, use smaller plates for your food.

"You can trick your brain into thinking 'I've got a lot of food on here.' And, if you have little amounts on a big plate, you're just going to be thinking 'what else can I pack on here?' Or, you might be feeling disappointed thinking 'I have hardly anything to eat,'" Meyer said.

While we may not realize it, alcohol and holiday drinks like Egg-Nog are packed with empty calories that don't add any real nutritional value.

"If you are going to drink, have water in between and try to go for lower-calorie drinks and just recognize that the drinks that you're having are going to add calories to the end of the day," added Meyer.

Though some people will skip meals to overindulge later, this isn't recommended.

"Restricting all day long is really never going to work out for you," Meyer said. "You're going to be starving and then you might be thinking 'well, I have all these extra calories.' And you're going to end up over-doing it. You're going to be really hungry. Not to mention, if you are having alcohol, that's going to hit you faster if you don't have anything in your stomach."

If you're going to any kind of holiday party, bring your own platter like a veggie tray or fruit tray. That way, there's at least one healthy option for you to eat.

Meyer also says it's okay to say "no" if someone offers you something you don't want.