Pressure to Eat During Holiday Meal

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

December 22, 2005

Food is an important part of many holidays and family traditions, but if you're on a diet just getting through the meal can be a challenge.

"I guess it's comfort food," said Marie Berman, of Chandler's Bakery.

Cookies, pies and baked goods were selling like hot cakes at Chandler's Bakery. But with those tempting treats comes added pressure to indulge during the holidays.

"There is too much pressure, we eat too much," said Frank Butros. "I really need to lose weight so I'm trying to cut back but holidays make it hard," said Robert Barnes.

The pressure to please can be unbearable, but anyone can get through it by focusing on the goal of keeping the weight off.

"Think positive instead of thinking negative, like 'I can't handle this' or 'I can't handle the stress,' and think in terms of what you can do," said Ginny Larson, of Weight Watchers.

For instance, eating smaller portions. However, don't ignore your hunger for these sweets. According to Ginny Larson of Weight Watchers, not eating these treats could be just as bad as eating too much of them.

"If you feel deprived then you?re just going to probably overeat at some point. You don't want to feel that deprivation, you just want to have small bites, have smaller portions but have the foods that you enjoy," said Larson.

Larson said if you're serious about keeping the weight off, you?re not going to hurt anyone's feelings by saying 'no thank you' to high calorie foods.

Studies show the average weight gain over the holidays is less than one pound. But the bad news is, any weight gained makes up more than half of the weight you may gain over a year's time.

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