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The holidays are a time for one thing, and one thing only: Food, food, and more delicious homemade food. But even during this feast-centric time, when you're tempted with endless flutes of bubbly and all manner of bacon-wrapped nibblies and made-with-love baked goods, you can keep your wedding weight-loss plan on track. How? By keeping these pro tips top of mind (this way, you can indulge once it comes times to taste things on your wedding menu!):
1. Remember that fruits and veggies are your friends. Gotta love that tasty fiber: If you fill up on Kiwi kebabs or crudités, you'll be less likely to lunge for something naughty.
2. As for dips, a good bet is hummus and guacamole, says nutritionist Tricia Williams, founder of Food Matters, an NYC-based nutrition-counseling service. "But only two tablespoons," she notes. "They contain healthy fats, but the calories add up." A bad bet, then? Hot spinach dip. Although the spinach makes it sound low-cal, "it's loaded with cream cheese and mozzarella," says Williams.
3. Fluorescent cocktails are not a bright idea. Basically, "anything with color isn't good," says wellness whiz David Kirsch. "It's usually caloric and sugary." When it's time to get your drink on, go for vodka and soda. Who knew that tonic water is packed with sugar? (Eleven grams in a measly four ounces, similar to a bottle of Sprite.) Conversely, soda water contains exactly zero sugar. Clearly, vodka-and-soda beats the calorie pants off a gin-and-tonic.
4. Don't walk into a holiday meal ravenous. Kirsch strongly recommends a pre-party game plan that involves sustenance, be it a protein bar or one of his Thermo Bubbles packets, powdered vitamin supplements laced with appetite-suppressing chromium picolinate. "That way," he says, "you won't do anything crazy." (Like eat everything that isn't nailed down.)
5. When it comes to hors d'oeuvres, don't go for savory turnovers, because there's no removing that flaky shell. Also, "be wary of treats wrapped in bacon," warns Williams. Which doesn't mean never, ever. One won't kill you! You can, though, nibble on pigs in a blanket! For extra credit, peel off that blanket. "They're certainly not as bad as a fried wonton," says Kirsch. "Steer clear of anything fried."