Holiday Survival: Keep Track to Keep the Pounds Off


Generous pours, savory hors d'oeuvres, and sweet nibbles make it difficult to leave a holiday party knowing how much you actually consumed. The eating and drinking is drawn out through the entire night, so you may not notice when you've actually eaten enough to make a full meal. And when you have three holiday parties in one weekend, those unaccounted for calories can really add up.

Combat holiday-related weight by tracking what you consume at each event, even if you don't usually keep a food diary. Once you put it in writing on one piece of paper, the glasses of bubbly champagne, bacon-wrapped prawns, and to-die-for truffles form a big picture of the calories you've consumed. Even if you think you escaped most of the tempting goodies and stuck by the crudités, write it all down.

Next time you're headed to a holiday celebration take a peek at your diary from the previous party. If you didn't eat as well as you would have liked, it will motivate you to do better, and if you ate healthily, it will encourage you to do the same at your upcoming event.

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