Deck the halls with boughs of holly, put the fudge on the dining room table and watch your belly acquire five extra pounds of pudge. If you want to avoid that recipe for holiday weight gain disaster this year, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, authors of "YOU: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management," want to help. They unveiled their 10 best diet tips for the holidays in their Dec. 15 column.
Step away from the fudge and take a bite from these ways to win at weight loss this holiday season:
- Do you wander around parties with one hand holding a glass of bubbly and the other a plate of appetizers? Hold onto the sparkling water and put down the plate. Focus on meeting people, not piling on the pounds.
- Bring a platter of fresh veggies or fruit to the party and indulge in your own safe treat while delighting your hostess or host.
- Don't go to a party hungry. The doctors prescribe munching six walnuts before you arrive. The reason: Enjoying those healthy fats can cause you to eat up to 36 percent less.
- Avoid crash diets. Instead, eat wisely three to five times throughout the day.
- Make time to relax, from yoga to time with friends.
- Exercise at least 20 minutes daily, such as going for a brisk walk.
- Drink two glasses of water before a party, and alternate water with alcohol.
- Enjoy small treats so that you don't feel deprived.
- Beware watching those cooking shows: They can make you hungry and lead to a binge.
- At buffets, check out the table before you dig in. Choose carefully, such as shrimp cocktail and veggies rather than cheese-wrapped croissants.