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How to Perfect Your Portion Control During the Holidays

Load up on healthy side dishes—and ditch all those slices of cheesecake—to keep your waist trim.
Nick Ferrari

Really want to survive the holiday meal with your abs intact? There's a simple solution: Portion control.

See, just because Aunt Carol slapped four pies onto the dinner table doesn't mean you have to eat a slice of each one. And chances are, someone brought a relatively healthy veggie dish that's not all starch and carbs.

So when you're composing your plate (which should be 9" or less in diameter), fill half of it with vegetables, a quarter with the protein, and a quarter with starch (sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy), says Miranda Hammer, a registered dietician in New York City.

This is an easy way to guarantee less fat and carbs and more fiber. Also: It wouldn’t hurt to hit the gym beforehand, too.

And if Aunt Carol asks why you skipped her rhubarb pie, just tell her you're saving room for pumpkin.

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