3 Ways Nutritionists Outsmart Overeating During the Holidays

3 Ways Nutritionists Outsmart Overeating During the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of year, but also the most challenging when it comes to turning down tempting holiday treats.

So it’s no surprise the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year is when the average American gains about one to two pounds. Though that may seem like a small change in weight, most people never get rid of that extra weight.

To maintain your weight throughout the holidays, these 3 registered dietitians shared their tips on curbing overeating with Heatlh.com:

Focus on Seasonal Favs

“I always tell my clients to use their calories wisely, so instead of [spending] them on everyday foods, allot more calories to ‘special’ holiday foods you wait for all year, whether that’s a family stuffing or holiday cookies. For party-goers, I have them first assess available options to determine which items are most appealing so that they can focus on mindfully enjoying their favorite foods.”

–Suzanne Fleming, RD, McPherson Hospital

Snack Smart


“This may seem counterintuitive, but eating the right snack before heading to your holiday party can help you stay the course rather than give in to every crowd-pleasing treat on the buffet table. The most satisfying snacks have protein, fiber, or both to help keep blood sugar levels in check. Some great choices include a hard-boiled egg with a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, or an apple or pear with nut butter.”

–Jennifer Willoughby, RD, Cleveland Clinic

Related: These Five Foods Can Help Prevent Overeating

Include fun, food-free activities

“So many holiday parties revolve around food and drinking, it’s no wonder it’s so hard to stay on track. Instead, try something different by planning a party that includes a hike, ice skating, a flag football game, a spontaneous dance party, or some other type of activity that gets guests moving and away from food.”

–Whitney Linsenmeyer, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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