Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

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Are you trying to watch your weight this holiday season? Then you need a game plan! Without one, you run the risk of giving in to temptation.
I suggest that you follow my top five tips for avoiding weight gain this season: Don't be shy.
Ask how your entree or side dishes are prepared if you're eating out or at a friend's house.
You'll want to avoid dishes that are fried or covered in heavy cream sauces.
Don't use the excuse "I didn't know this was made with whole cream!" Limit portion sizes.
Rather than totally eliminating the wonderful things you love to eat at holiday times, put reasonable portions on your plate - and don't go back for seconds on the high-fat items.
When dining out, share large portion meals and side items (like baked potatoes) with a friend.
Four to 6 ounces of fish, chicken or lean red meat are plenty.
No one who's consciously attempting to keep their heart and waistline healthy needs the 8 to 10 ounces of meat that most restaurants serve! Bring your own dish.
It's best to surround yourself with people who support your lifestyle and eating habits, but sometimes that's not possible.
If you're going to a holiday gathering and you're unsure whether the cook is preparing healthy food, bring your own entree and side dishes! Limit your alcohol intake.
Alcoholic beverages, especially creamy drinks and beer, are loaded with "empty" calories.
You don't have to go to a gym, but make sure to exercise every day.
You can walk up and down the stairs, take evening walks after dinner, or exercise along with a videotape.
Whatever you prefer, just be sure that you don't neglect your exercise over the coming weeks.
Exercise helps to keep your metabolism revved up and in a calorie- burning mode.

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