Eating Well During the Holidays
The holidays offer many opportunities to enjoy special, once-a-year foods and treats. But if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight, navigating the sometimes calorie-laden season may pose a challenge.
Enjoy the food you eat, but try eating smaller portions. Take a small portion of favorite foods that may be high in calories or salt and enjoy each bite.
One way to reduce portion sizes is by using a smaller plate, bowl or glass, and serving spoon. It makes smaller portion sizes seem larger.
Research shows that the typical holiday weight gain is not as large as popularly believed, probably averaging around one pound.
However, there is evidence that people who are already overweight, or who have lost a good deal of weight in the past, may be more susceptible to dietary changes over the holidays when food is more readily available.
Busy holiday schedules may also contribute to weight gain by making it more difficult to find time for regular exercise and physical activity.
Gayle Coleman, University of Wisconsin-Extension Nutrition Education Specialist Beth Olson, UW-Extension Nutritional Sciences Specialist