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Let Your Fork Do The Heavy Lifting

Originally Posted: November 03, 2011


Southampton - Thanksgiving dinner, tailgate parties, holiday gatherings with family, office pot lucks - fall and winter traditions bring people together. But if the focal point of these get-togethers is quantities of tempting food, the weight of tradition may show up on the bathroom scale.

Although normal-weight individuals typically gain no more than a pound during the holiday season, individuals who are overweight or obese are at special risk. For this group, the average holiday weight gain is five pounds. Over time, the holiday creep adds up.

How can you modify your customs while still enjoying meaningful holiday gatherings? Carole Carson is the coach for the AARP Fat 2 Fit online community and the author of "From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction."

Carole offers one simple step you can take that will help you minimize your caloric intake:

 • Eat nothing except what you can put on a fork: Eat foods only where you sit down and use utensils, including your fork.

The calories in bite-size nibbles and finger foods quickly add up. You can easily consume 600-800 calories solely from appetizers. Eating with a fork helps close the eye-mouth gap - the difference between what we think we are eating and what we actually eat.

So enjoy your traditions - but without overindulging. And wouldn't that get the New Year off to a wonderful start?


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