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Thursday, November 16, 2006

How not to overeat over the holidays


This is a tiny photograph of a roast turkey. But perhaps you're already getting the point. A group of Simmons College health and nutrition professionals met and decided that there's something you can do to eat well -- and not overeat -- during Thanksgiving.

They recommend all the things we've heard over the years, but they're things that do indeed work: don't go to the table ravenous (have a piece of fruit or a small snack beforehand), take small bites, eat slowly, and take only enough to satisfy you.

The group also said that Thanksgiving should not be the only meal of the day. That doesn't save calories, it just makes you particularly hungry for that meal.

Dieters should consider the season a time to maintain, rather than lose, weight. One way to do that is to wait 20 minutes after your first portion before helping yourself to seconds. That let's you decide whether you're full.

After dinner, say the experts, go for a walk with friends and family, or turn on music for a little dancing. Anyone for a turkey trot?

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 12:51 PM
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