Alison Victor is getting married. She's lost ten pounds and wants to keep the weight off over the holidays. "There's a lot of temptation. It's really hard to not have that cookie or that piece of pie."
Her nutritionist is helping her enjoy the season without packing on the pounds. Dietician Robin Kaiden suggests at the buffet, steer clear of foods loaded with cream, butter and gravy. And don't have a little bite of every food. Just have a couple of your favorites. "If you have many different tastes, and many different things on your plate, you're going to want more of it.
Some nutritionists recommend eating a handful of nuts or half a banana before going to a holiday party in order to avoid more tempting foods when you get there.
"Protein, fat and fiber take longer to digest so it will last you throughout the party."
Also, don't skip meals thinking you'll save all your calories for the big party and don't start your celebrating with alcohol. "Alcohol decreases inhibitions going off the plan."
And Kaiden says don't beat yourself up if you have one bad night just try to be healthy the next day.
Sweets are Alison's biggest challenge. "I still have a tiny taste so I don't feel deprived."
Experts also say don't pile on the extras. If you have to have that slice of homemade pie, don't add ice cream or other toppings, that's an easy way to add more fat and calories.