Jingle, Don't Jiggle, All the Way

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During the holidays, temptation to cheat on your diet is everywhere! Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas parties, parties with friends, family and co-workers, New Years' parties - not to mention cookie exchanges and delectable gifts of food. But if you make healthy choices, you can get through the holiday season without gaining weight and still have a fabulous and merry time!

Here's the "skinny" on living a healthy lifestyle through the holidays. By following these three easy suggestions, you can keep off holiday pounds without scaling back.

Fit Fitness In

Energize your holiday spirit with exercise. Make time for exercise no matter how hectic your holidays can be. After 30 minutes on the treadmill, the pending visit to your mother-in-law's house won't seem so overwhelming. The Christmas cards that you have not addressed or sent out yet won't seem like such a big deal. Remember that exercise reduces stress, keeps your weight in check and gives you energy!

Make a Plan

Before you head out to any holiday event, make a plan. Think about what you will be eating and how much. Will you choose eggnog at 400-plus calories per cup, a glass of wine for 120 calories or a diet soda for 0 calories? Be sure to fill up on healthy, low calorie foods before you go to the event and DON'T show up hungry.

Show Self-Control, But Don't Deprive

Self-control is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Take small portions of food and a good tip is to use a salad plate (not a dinner plate) so you will fill it up quickly without taking too much food. It really is OK to have a taste of your favorite foods - don't deprive yourself. Just be sure to take small amounts.

By following these three simple steps, you will be able to make it through the holidays with more jingle and less jiggle!

Annette Hammond is host of "Fitness Minute with Annette Hammond" radio feature that is broadcast daily worldwide. She has been in the fitness industry for over 27 years as a private trainer, TV personality, radio host and public speaker.

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