The average person will gain six to 10 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s Day. With the holiday season in full swing, Cheryl Kuhta-Sutter, registered dietitian with Novant Health, offers some quick tips to enjoy the holiday fare without growing your waistline. 

Don’t skip meals – plan ahead. Plan your meals, snacks and treats in advance. Even if you know you will be eating a large meal later in the evening, skipping meals during the day often leads to overeating later. Instead, eat lighter during the day and snack when you need to. 

Find a balance. Portion control is key when it comes to holiday eating. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods, but avoid loading up your plate. Scan the whole table and choose your favorites carefully instead of piling on large helpings of everything. 

Cut down on alcohol. In addition to the extra calories in wine and beer, alcohol has a tendency to make us hungrier. Try to drink a glass of water for every drink of alcohol consumed. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it will keep you feeling fuller. 

Remember to exercise. During the holidays, continue to exercise and burn off at least some of those extra calories. A little bit of exercise can go a long way.  

Reward yourself. Not overindulging at the holidays can be tough. Set a goal to eat smaller portions and if you succeed, reward yourself with a nonfood item, such as a trip to the mall or the movies. It’s added motivation to maintain your resolve.