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Can you really have fun this time of year without the extra 10 pounds in January?

For most people, holiday eating means abandoning diets and gaining weight. A little advance planning can help prevent that post-holiday bulge without ruining your holiday feast.

  1. Reduce or avoid alcohol. This can save you a lot of calories. And while straight alcohol doesn't contain carbs per se, remember that while you burn alcohol, your body cannot burn fat.

  2. Eat moderate fat and high protein before going to a holiday party. You'll be less likely to fill up on sweets and high-carb/high-calorie appetizers.

  3. Bring low carb healthy dishes to potluck parties. Encourage others to do the same.

  4. Arrive at mealtime for a dinner party and avoid before-dinner drinks and appetizers.

  5. Replace sweets with healthy holiday snacks such as fruit baskets and nuts in shells. They look just as festive and are healthierand lower in carbs.

  6. Attend only the parties you really want to go to. You'll save a lot of calories - and time.

  7. Set realistic goals. At a holiday dinner or party, indulge in a few tasty treats, avoiding the ones with the most empty calories and sugar, but eat smaller portions. Have only one glass of wine or Champagne.

  8. Avoid skipping meals before a big holiday meal. You don't want to arrive starving and then gorge yourself on sweets and other unhealthy fare.

  9. Use moderation and relax. If you break down and eat a bit of a "real" dessert, just go easy on carbs the rest of the day and be extra careful the next day.

  10. Drink lots of water.

  11. Don't be afraid to experiment with new, lopwer carb options... you might start some new traditions!

  12. Keep up your exercise program. It will help you maintain your weight, give you more energy and allow you to deal better with holiday stress.

Now, let us show you how you can enjoy your Christmas holidays with family and friends, have fabulous foods, and remain true to your low carb plan! This may just be the best Holiday Season you've ever had!

                                       Lora and Neil



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