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Counting calories at Christmas

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM

Although the average holiday weight gain is 1 or 2 pounds, Tri-Cities Family YMCA registered dietician Erica Phelps said that could lead to problems down the road.

“It accumulates,” she said. “Any excess weight isn’t good.”

Phelps recommends several methods to keep those pesky pounds away.

One way is to identify the foods you truly want to eat. Phelps said people should think about the food they would be upset about if someone didn’t bring it to a gathering. Other foods that didn’t mean as much could be considered “space wasters,” she said.

“We want to save our room for what we really want,” Phelps said.

If food is served buffet style or where dishes are passed from one person to the next, she recommends surveying the spread and prioritize which dishes you want the most. Also, find nutritional values in your choices, she said.

Instead of hurrying through plates, Phelps suggests slowing down because it will help indicate if you really need the extra helping.

“Try to be the last one done,” she recommends.

Also, consider the beverages you consume, Phelps said. The glass of eggnog or fruit punch might not seem alarming, but the calories exist.

“It adds up fast,” she said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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