What to Do Every Hour of a Holiday Party to Avoid Weight Gain

Follow these tips round the clock to avoid holiday overeating.

What to Do Every Hour of a Holiday Party to Avoid Weight Gain

By Toni Gasparis

It’s that time of year – the time of lots of parties and the overeating that comes along with it. While the holidays can be an exciting time to see family and friends and have some fun, they can also cause a lot of stress for fear of gaining weight. Use these tips from Dr. Oz’s trusted experts to arm yourself with the hourly tools needed to make sure you get through each party this season without added guilt.


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1 p.m.

Take the mid-afternoon to prep whatever you’re bringing to the party. Integrative Woman’s Health expert Dr. Aviva Romm recommends calling your host the week before to ask if you can bring anything that will meet your health needs (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, etc.). If you are bringing dessert specifically, nutritionist Kristin Kirkpatrick recommends buying it instead of making it so you don’t have to waste your calories eating cookie dough, brownie batter, pie filling, and other unhealthy sugary things.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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