Did you know?

The average American consumes 3,000 calories during a traditional holiday meal, according to the Calorie Control Council. And that figure does not include breakfast or the late evening refrigerator raid for leftovers. Preparing you holiday meals in a healthier manner and controlling your portions will help prevent weight gain during the holidays.

Prepare Yourself

Keep track of your calorie intake. Accurate journaling is extra important during this time of year. Medi-Weightloss patients use a Weight Management Journal. It’s important to carry this with you and write down what you eat when you eat it. Don’t forget to add those small bites or tastes — they add up.

Stay hydrated! Drink a glass of water 15 minutes before you eat to promote a feeling of fullness.

Eat slowly and talk (not with your mouthful). Eating more slowly provides the stomach enough time to send signals of fullness to the brain before you overeat. Sit, talk, and take the time to enjoy the food and people around you.

Downsize your plate. Use a dessert plate instead of a dinner plate to help prevent overeating. If you’re still hungry, you can always go back for more. A smaller plate can make big difference – you could consume up to 50% fewer calories while enjoying the same hunger satisfaction.

Source: Medi-Weightloss.