A lot of people are worrying about overeating over the holidays, especially if they’re on a diet. We've offered advice in the past on how to avoid gaining weight over the holidays, and the blog Obesity Panacea yesterday listed a few tips for eating healthy. My favorite:
Serve healthy snacks in large bowls and the unhealthy ones in small bowls
This little trick should result in a greater consumption of healthy snacks and a limited consumption of unhealthy ones, not only helping you, but those you have over to your place during the holidays.
A wonderfully simple study found that when snacks are offered in a large bowl, people take 53% more food (146 extra calories) and eat 56% (142 calories) more than when offered the same amount of food but in a smaller bowl (roughly half the size of large bowl).
It’s an easy change to make, but not one I never would have thought about. Other tips include drinking a glass or two of water 30 minutes before a meal and making sure you eat breakfast. Both tips ensure you won’t overeat when you get to the Christmas dinner table.
Previously: “Less is more”: More holiday eating tips from a Stanford nutrition lecturer, Easy-to-follow tips to avoid overeating this holiday, "Less is more”: Eating wisely, with delight, during the holidays and Enjoying the turkey while watching your waistline
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