Skip The Fruitcake: How To Indulge Without Blowing Your Diet On Christmas

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Eat, drink, and be merry . . . in moderation.

It's the most wonderful time of the year — maybe not so much for your diet. With a seemingly endless supply of eggnog, mulled wine, gingerbread cookies, and roasted turkey, 'tis the season to derail your diet.

If you want to, ahem, attempt the impossible and stay on track with your healthy eating habits, follow this helpful tips:

DON'T SKIP MEALS

You might think that skipping meals will save you calories, but all it will do is make you famished when it's time to eat the main course. Your eyes will be bigger than your stomach and you'll end up consuming more calories in just one sitting. Plus, you don't want to mess up your body's metabolism or to feel sluggish all day.

EAT YOUR FAVORITES FIRST

Instead of trying to sample a little bit of everything, start out with your absolute favorite foods and the ones that caught your eye the most. That way you won't be as tempted to go back for more food when you're full just because you have to try your aunt's garlic mashed potatoes.

DON'T CONVERSE AROUND THE BUFFET TABLE

The buffet table is not the holiday equivalent of the office water cooler. Simply put, the closer in proximity you are to food, the more likely you are to keep going back for another piece of your grandma's pie. Don't be tempted by catching up with friends and family where the food is out of sight and out of mind.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES

You know there's going to be a veggie tray at your aunt's house. You also know that it's going to be largely ignored. Show it some love and snack on lots of fiber-filled veggies. Make sure you watch how much dip you're using, as the calories can add up fast.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Whether it's between every alcoholic beverage, every snack, or every meal, come up with a plan to drink water regularly throughout the day and stick to it. It will help you feel full longer so you aren't as tempted to sneak another gingerbread cookie.

SKIP THE EGGNOG

If you're going to be drinking alcoholic beverages over the holidays, skip the eggnog as much as possible. Opt for a lower-calorie drink that isn't so sweet. You could even sip on mulled wine throughout the evening, as the hot temperature will prevent you from drinking it too quickly.

KEEP MOVING

Whether you park a few blocks away from your relatives house or you play a game of tag with your nieces and nephews, it's important to get at least a little bit of exercise. Don't just sit on the couch listening to your drunk uncle ramble on about politics all night.


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