Enjoy Holiday Parties Without Gaining Weight!

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Whether eating out at some of the great local restaurants or attending parties at someone's home, even the most disciplined people struggle with temptation during the holiday season.

Most individuals often put on a pound or two during this time, and according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the majority never ends up losing the extra weight.

But you don't have to fall into this trap. Here are the top 10 recommendations from diet gurus across the country, consulted by WebMD, for helping you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds.

  • Trim back the trimmings. To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter and whipped cream - additions that don't add much to the meal, but can add plenty to your waistline.

  • Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. Wearing snug-fitting attire will make over-eating less enjoyable. While you stand around looking posh in your holiday finery, hold a drink in your dominant hand so it won't be so easy to grab food.

  • Chew gum. When you don't want to eat, pop a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth.

  • Be a food snob. If you don't love it, don't eat it. Scan the buffet for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are available all year long.

  • No skipping meals. People who skip meals to save up calories tend to over-eat everything in sight once they get there. Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack or salad shortly before the event.

  • Check it out. When you arrive at the party, grab a sparkling water with a twist, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating. This will give you time to survey your food choices and make wise decisions.

  • Add fun and games. Take the focus off of food by getting family and friends more active during holiday parties. If indoors, try a game of charades or rent an instructional dance video followed by a dance-off.

  • Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic beverage. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories, especially holiday favorites like eggnog.

  • Skip the appetizers. If you need a little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa or a handful of nuts.

  • Limit the variety. Try putting only two items on your plate each time you go to the food table. Variety can stimulate appetite, and if you limit your choices to just a few items, it will be easier to control than eating a little bit of 20 different dishes.

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