Did you know that the average American gains 1 to 2 pounds during the holiday season? That’s not so bad, right? The problem isn’t the slight weight gain. It’s never losing the added weight that is the problem. Over the course of five years, those 1 to 2 pounds annually can add up to about 10 pounds gained over holiday seasons.
So how do you avoid gaining holiday weight while still enjoying the season’s best foods? There are always these tried and true tips:
- Skip the rolls
- Opt for a wine spritzer rather than a full glass of wine
- Trade full fat dips for yogurt-based dips
That’s great for holiday parties and all, but what about the dinner? Here’s your guide on which foods to skip and which ones to switch them out for:
SKIP: The candied yams. Although a delicious holiday favorite, candied yams pack in a lot of calories, fat and sugar. You can expect to consume about 215 calories per half a cup.
SWITCH it: For roasted sweet potatoes. By trading your sugary candied yams for roasted sweet potatoes, you are trimming the amount of fat, calories and sugar you consume. For ¾ cup of roasted sweet potatoes, you only lose 100 calories — not to mention, you actually get more food for fewer calories.
SKIP: The green bean casserole. Talk about a holiday must have; it can’t be Christmas without some green bean casserole. A single serving of the beloved green bean dish has about 275 calories and 10 grams of fat. Pairing that casserole with all the other goodies for your holiday dinner makes it easy for the calories to add up quickly.
SWITCH it: For steamed green beans. If saving calories is important to you this year, swap your traditional green bean casserole for freshly steamed green beans. You’ll save plenty of calories and get your green bean fix.
SKIP: The dark meat. Although turkey is typically associated with the Thanksgiving feast, it tends to reappear for Christmas. To save some calories during your holiday meal, skip the dark meat. The dark meat contains twice as much fat as white meat with 40 percent more calories. A 3-ounce portion of dark meat will cost you about 230 calories.
SWITCH it: for white meat. Simply choosing white meat over dark meat will save you a bunch of calories — about 60 calories to be exact. A typical 3-ounce portion of white meat runs about 170 calories. Now, you might even have some extra calories for that dinner roll you’ve been eying.