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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3 p.m.

Form your alcohol plan for the night. Feller says that this is one of the most important pieces to remember when preparing for holiday parties. Mixed drinks with juice and soda “flood your system with sugar and cause unstable blood sugar” which will make you crave food. Plus, if your inhibitions are lowered you are more likely to make bad food decisions that will wreck your weight loss progress. Feller recommends choosing red wine or Prosecco and limiting yourself to one or two drinks. Swanson and Kirkpatrick advise you to steer clear of the eggnog which can be 350 calories before you add in the alcohol. Family physician and Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Caudle, recommends alternating your alcohol with water in order to achieve the most controlled success.

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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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