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HungerShield Nutritionist Shares Five Ways to Shield Against Holiday Weight Gain
Date:12/12/2012

icious, holiday-decorated treats are the norm. "This makes it even more important to plan your meals and snacks ahead of time and to stick to your shopping lists," says Pecoraro. "For example, you may be tempted to pick up festively colored candies to add to the holiday spirit. Colored potpourri or fruit bowls can serve the same purpose and will save your waistline!"

3) Surprise the host.
Whether they ask or not, bringing a few reliable platters that are filled with lower calorie, healthier choices, and using them as a "home base" during the party may be an effective strategy. "I'll often bring a large, delicious tossed salad," says Pecoraro. "It allows me to line my plate with greens and helps me limit my portions of other more calorie dense options." Other ideas include modifying a favorite holiday recipe with lower calorie ingredients, or putting together a creative crudité or fruit platter as a conversation piece.

4) Save temptation for outside the house.
There are plenty of opportunities to indulge at various holiday events and get-togethers. "Don't take leftovers home that will throw you off track," says Pecoraro. "Same goes for your own gatherings. You can offer to give away leftovers, or just toss them out. Make your food environment safe by keeping high calorie temptations out of your reach."

5) Get creative with activity.
"To add insult to injury, not only are we eating more calories this time of year," says Pecoraro. "Winter offers challenges to burn them too, especially if the climate isn't cooperating." Pecoraro suggests finding ways to burn calories every day. "Mall walking is a great indoor activity that can get your heart pumping, and when you'
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