How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain


Offset the Libations

Alcohol calories are no more fattening than food calories, says trainer Christian Finn, M.S., but that doesn't mean you can simply drink your dinner. Booze can lower inhibitions and stimulate appetite, making it hard for you to resist greasy food trays and late-night delivery calls.

If you're set on drinking, just work in one calorie-free beverage for every alcoholic drink. "Alternate the alcohol with something like sparkling water," says Finn.

The best option: club soda with a wedge of lime. It feels like a cocktail in your hand, cuts the evening's caloric damage by half, and saves the pizza guy a post-midnight run to your house. Plus, it'll help keep you hydrated so you won't spend New Year's Day curled up with a hangover and a bottle of aspirin. (Drink too much last night? Here's your remedy: 11 Ways to Ease a Nasty Hangover.)

Drink This: Champagne (5 oz = 127 cal, 8 g carbs)

Not That: Gin & Tonic (8 oz = 240 cal, 16 g carbs)


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