Drink Less to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

file0001315424408Are you worried about holiday weight gain? Researchers estimate that the typical gain is less than we expect in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  But even though we only gain about 1-3 pounds on average, we often don’t take the weight off after the new year has arrived.  So it’s important to prevent holiday weight gain.

Beware of High Calorie Drinks

One of the worst culprits during the Christmas season is egg nog.  The calories in egg nog can reach 300 or more depending on how you prepare your drink and the size of your cup.  You can make lower calorie alternatives with fat-free milk or egg substitute, but if you add alcohol to your recipe, the calorie count will stay relatively high.

But egg nog isn’t the only drink that can tip the calorie scales too far in the wrong direction.  Many alcoholic drinks have quite a few calories as well.  The calories in a glass of wine can be over 200 if your glass is the size that is served in many restaurants.  And the calories in beer can be substantial as well, ranging from 55 for light beer to 200 for some heavy dark beers.

Skinny Cocktails? Get the Facts!

Think skinny cocktails are better?  Think again!  Many “skinny” brands of cocktails advertise that they have less than 100 calories per serving, but you need to check the Nutrition Facts label to get the whole story.  A single serving of many products is only 1.5 ounces.  That is just over the size of a typical shot glass.

If you are trying to keep your calorie intake under control this week, consider backing off on the booze.  Then enjoy a guilt-free treat or two from the cookie tray instead.

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