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Try These Strategies to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

Holidays usually are not the best time to try to lose weight. Often we are greeted by special treats at every turn. Try these steps to reduce the amount of calories in your diet so you can maintain your weight.
Try These Strategies to Maintain Your Weight During the Holidays

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Cut Calories in Your Favorite Recipes

- Use one-fourth less liquid oil or solid fat in the recipe. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup, use ¾ cup.

- Instead of regular cream cheese, use nonfat or low-fat cream cheese, Neufchatel or low-fat cottage cheese pureed until smooth.

- Instead of using regular sour cream in dips, use nonfat or reduced-fat sour cream or fat-free, plain yogurt.

- Bake, broil, roast, stir-fry or microwave meat instead of frying.

Snack Smart Before and During Holiday Gatherings

- Eat a healthy snack, such as an apple, orange or banana.

- Have some protein-rich yogurt or fiber-rich whole-grain cereal.

- Set a good example. Offer to bring the fruit or veggie tray with low-fat dip.

- Avoid standing by the buffet table.

- Use a small plate and make healthful choices.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise November 2012 newsletter (PDF).

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