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Explore our expert knowledge on topics such as healthy eating during the holidays, and how to live into a happier and healthier you in the New Year. Discover tips and tricks on how to avoid weight gain at holiday parties and while on vacation.

7 Weight Loss Tips for Holiday Desserts

Even those who choose salty over sweet can still be tempted with holiday desserts. And with pecan pie to your left, chocolate mousse to your right, and cookies far and in between, how could your sweet tooth not be throbbing? But with these seven tips, you can maintain your waistline while relishing on holiday desserts!

7 Weight Loss Tips for Holiday Desserts

7 Weight Loss Tips for Holiday Desserts

1. Go Small
Big does not always mean better, especially when it comes to simultaneously enjoying favorite holiday desserts and trying to lose weight. So rather than allowing temptation to overpower satisfaction, take a small piece and thoroughly enjoy it as described in mindful eating below. Using a small plate and fork can also assist in keeping portions moderated while pleasing that sugar craving.

2. Practice Mindful Eating
Instead of downing that slice of pumpkin pie just as quickly as you plated it, simply slow down and eat it mindfully. The practice of mindful eating encourages individuals to truly savor the experience of food by tuning into internal and external cues. Appreciate the flavors and smells of the food in front of you, while also recognizing emotions and external factors that may have influenced its intake.

3. Choose Wisely
Most of the time, temptation takes over, subsequently leading to sweet treats taking over your plate. But before heading to the dessert table, ask yourself “Am I wanting it because it is available or do I truly want it?” Go for treats you truly relish over the holiday season, all while taking a smaller piece and practicing the concept of mindful eating.

4. Fill Up First
While the dessert table may be in arms reach, its important to disregard its close proximity. Fill up your meal plate with fiber-filled veggies and an available protein-packed source, as the combo helps induce satiety and can minimize a pounding sweet tooth. After the body is nourished, then allow yourself for that (small) slice of pecan pie you have been eyeballing.

5. Bring Healthier Options
While you cannot control what others bring to the Christmas gathering, you have the opportunity to provide healthier alternatives. You also never know just how many others are being mindful of dessert selections and truly appreciate your gesture! If needing inspiration, check out these healthy and lower-calorie Christmas desserts, including a semi low-calorie pecan pie and other delicious low-fat desserts!

6. Swap Ingredients
When baking for your holiday party, swap the cups full of sugar and butter with these 10 healthy swaps. Not only with your end product still be desirable, but formulate healthier holiday desserts for weight loss and maintenance.

7. Stay in Control
Remember, food should not be a dictator so do not let it control you. And while it can be easy to get carried away with all the sweet treats, maintaining some sort of structure can help you stay in control. For instance, select a day to ixnay the cookies yet another evening to enjoy a small piece of pie. You really can have your cake and eat it too by staying in control and being careful.

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