How to keep your sugar intake in check this holiday season

With sugary temptations abounding, here are ways to control your sweet tooth.

— -- The holiday season can be one of the most tempting times of year when it comes to overindulging in desserts and other sugary foods.

"Some people can take one bite of a dessert and be satisfied," Kumar added. "For others, one bite of something sweet is a trigger to really lead to a binge."

The Sugar Association, a trade association of for the U.S. sugar industries, told ABC News in a statement that it recommends "enjoying sugar in moderation and living an active lifestyle."

Kumar shared her tips to help curb your sugar intake while navigating holiday dinners and events this year.

1. Fill your plate with protein and vegetables

Loading up on proteins and vegetables during dinner can help fill you up before you hit the dessert table and make a sugar binge less likely.

2. Skip mixed drinks

If you would like to imbibe at a holiday party, skip mixed drinks in favor of hard liquors mixed with water or club soda.

3. Drink some caffeine after dinner, before dessert

Try to sip on some coffee or espresso after finishing dinner and before dessert, as a little bit of caffeine can help curb your appetite.

Secrets to avoiding sugar over the holidays from celebrity chef Graham Elliot

"I think it's important to try to come up with some alternatives that you can have that great delicious holiday flavor but not all the calories and things associated with it," Elliot said.

"You can substitute ingredients for other ones, so instead of having to rely on rich heavy ice cream, gelato, things like that, you can do whipped Greek yogurt, a little bit of honey, agave nectar that's going to sweeten it up and you still get that texture, that beautiful creaminess," he said.

The chef said he roasts the fruit in order to get the most of its flavor extracted, as opposed to "putting it in a crust with a pound of sugar and butter."

"Give the apple flavor a little sugar, cinnamon, put in the oven at a low temp, let it caramelize, scoop that out, fill it with this whipped Greek that we've added a touch of honey to," he added. "And then topped with roasted almonds."