Guru Kate: Hinder the holiday weight

How can I go from October to December without gaining holiday weight?

Holidays are the best. Stores distribute garland and Christmas lights like they’re
survivalist kits, office shindigs pop up at every opportunity and everyone can retreat to their
childish ways.

The haunting truth is that even if you want to act like you’re eight years old again (and
eat all of the candy canes directly off the tree) your metabolism is nothing like it was then. As
most grown adults know all too well, the only growth spurt we really experience past age 20 is
one of a horizontal nature.

Because of this unfortunate situation, the Guru has three main tips:

1) Eat at home before going to a holiday celebration. I like to think of this method
as a safe way to pre-game. You don’t even need a designated driver, unless you are prone to
slipping into a carb-induced coma.

If you’re hungry, there’s no telling how many pigs-in-a-blanket you’ll eat. Or those cute
little peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses in the middle. Or that entire gingerbread house.
Ok, this part is probably making you more motivated to drool than diet, so let’s move on
to tip number two.

2) Don’t give yourself the excuse “It’s only for a few months.” Fat cells are like that
obnoxious party guest that doesn’t know when to leave, even when it’s four in the morning and
everyone else is long gone.

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In times when food was scarce, fat made a lot of sense. Easy energy storage. However,
the holidays are the exact opposite of food scarcity. Exhibit A: daily donut deliveries doused in
snowflake sprinkles.

3) Watch out for liquid calories. I’ve harped on this a few times before with
specialty coffee drinks, but the holidays extend far beyond the morning cuppa joe. Delicious
drinks like eggnog or warm apple cider add way too much fat or sugar.
For example, one brand of apple cider contains 26 grams of sugar per cup. That’s more
than twice as much as a bowl of lucky charms. And one cup of eggnog contains over half the
day’s dosing of saturated fat.

It is no wonder Santa’s belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly.