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Medical Edge: Common calorie killers over the holidays

Updated: Wednesday, December 11 2013, 04:05 PM EST
WALTON, Ky. (Liz Bonis) -- It's hard to believe Christmas is three weeks away. If your goal is not to gain weight between now and the new year, you might want to reduce common calorie killers this time of year. Medical reporter Liz Bonis tells us about them in our Medical Edge.

It's the season of celebration and who celebrates without holiday cheer and holiday baking.  But before you blame the pumpkin pie, registered dietitian Nancy Zwick says the real calorie killers might not be so obvious. She is quite the recipe adapter, quick to make her desserts with lower fat fillers such as yogurt instead of butter, which allow you to have your cake or pie and eat it too. "the key with those i try to encourage people is moderation."

 Zwick is quick to point out though, you have a lot more control over what you make in your kitchen, than perhaps what's available to you outside your own home. There are probably four foods you'll find around the office and at parties this time of year, that really are the most damaging to your waistline between now an the new year. To keep the pounds down, while the parties are up, Zwick says start by limiting alcohol intake, "alcohol definitely can add a lot of calories, an average glass of wine is 120 to 150 calories, and even a light beer is 100 calories. Most people drink at least two if not more and the calories add up, and also alcohol seems to encourage people to eat more."

In addition to alcohol, careful with eggnog. A cup of the eggnog even without alcohol in it,  can be like drinking a cheeseburger in terms of fat and calories. The other foods you find far more frequently this time of year, chocolate and nuts. While both may be good for you in moderation, "nuts even though they are very heart healthy, they tend to be at every party, and people tend to eat more than a handful of nuts, so just because they are heart healthy and they are good for you, when you eat them in large volumes, it could lead to extra calories."

Most people only gain about a pound or two between Thanksgiving and the New Year, but we never lose it. Over the years, it adds up!Medical Edge: Common calorie killers over the holidays


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