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Holiday weight: Tips to avoid, lose extra pounds

Season's greetings often means over-eating, there are ways to help keep your diet off the naughty list - including exercise or choosing one drink over another.
December 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
It's the time for season's greetings, and for many, that means over-eating. With all the holiday parties and family get-togethers, the temptation to indulge can be overwhelming.

Personal trainer Shuichi Take says it's all about balance. So start your day with some simple workouts.

"By doing your workout in the morning, you actually boost your metabolism over the course of the day," explained Take.

Try doing jumping jacks, jack squats, body weight squats and jumping jacks again for 20 seconds each, for six to 10 reps.

"It gets your heart rate higher, you burn more calories," said Take.

Also, don't skip meals. Take says starving yourself doesn't mean you can pack in more calories later.

"You tend to overeat at that meal because you are over-compensating for the lack of meals earlier that day," Take said.

If hunger strikes, look for protein-filled snacks that make you feel full like beef jerky, almonds, string cheese or even deli meat.

Try to resist eggnog, which carries about 360 calories for 8 ounces. Swap it for hot chocolate and save 250 calories.

When giving your toast, think before you drink. A beer or mixed cocktail will cost you 200 calories.

"You may want to go with something a little bit lighter like, for example, a glass of wine or a glass of champagne, which is maybe closer to about 100 calories," suggested Take.

Take says it can be hard to be good this time of year.

"Give me chocolate cake, I may eat the whole thing," he admitted.

So don't feel too bad if you break the rules occasionally.

"Allow yourself to indulge with your friends and have a good time, afterwards get back on track," Take said.

If sugar is what you're craving, grab a candy cane. The famous holiday treat has only 55 calories. Another tip is to save the best for last. Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite foods, fill up on less fattening snacks throughout that holiday party. Odds are, you'll still eat the treat you've been waiting for, and you will less likely binge.


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