How Nutritionists Lose Weight Over the Holidays

Expert tips to help you stay in shape and enjoy the merry season.

How Nutritionists Lose Weight Over the Holidays

By Diana Kelly Levey

Wondering how certain women seem to maintain their weight with ease during the holidays while the rest of us are white-knuckling the minefields of fattening foods at every turn? Nutritionists understand that the holidays are chock-full of eating challenges, but they often advise clients that in order to lose weight or maintain your weight during the eating season, you have to be mindful of what you’re eating, indulge in special foods you’re excited about, and stop digging in when you’re full. Here’s how nutrition experts lose weight over the holidays and face the new year without any unwanted weight gain.

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Use the Half-Plate Rule at Parties

I like to use this rule for all meals, but it’s especially helpful during the holiday season,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. “Instead of piling your plate with everything you want at a party buffet, first take a survey of the offerings and decide on the few you must try—then fill no more than half of your plate with those.” Use the remaining space for veggies and fruit, she suggests. Covering half of your plate with produce at every meal is an easy way to fill up on low-calorie, nutrient-rich food during the holidays and all year long, Gorin suggests.

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