The festive news about holiday weight gain is darn right jolly. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, research suggests that Americans, on average, gain only about one pound during the holiday season yet those who are overweight are more likely to gain a tad more. Unfortunately, if you don’t lose that weight but rather carry it over year after year, it can snowball into a hefty mound after a decade of holidays.
To help you avoid ringing in the New Year with even a mere pound more of you, I have uncovered 3 simple, science-based strategies that could help you avoid weight gain during the holidays. Who knows? These may be so effective for you that you may even lose some weight.
Strategy No. 1: Eat off Red Plates
When you are driving and see a red stop sign, you stop (hopefully). Eating foods on a red plate may have the same motivating effect on your consumption, according to a study published in the journal, Appetite. In this study, researchers allowed 109 individuals to freely snack on pretzels served on either a white, blue, or red plate while completing a questionnaire. Those who were given pretzels on a red plate ate significantly less than the individuals who were given pretzels on a white or blue plate. (The difference in hunger among the individuals in the three groups was ruled out.) The authors hypothesized that the color red may elicit an avoidance reaction through socially and culturally learned habits, such as a red traffic light or flashing red alert.
Using red plates may help you and your guests eat less at your next cocktail party. If there was ever a time of the year where you easily find small, red cocktail plates, it’s this season. Try this simple strategy and see if you end up with more leftovers than usual at your party.
Strategy No. 2: Use Tall, Narrow Wine Glasses
The shape of your glass, if you hold the glass when you pour yourself the wine, and the color of the wine may all affect the amount you drink. Researchers wanted to investigate the effect of environmental cues on individuals’ wine pouring behavior. To do this, they allowed 73 adults to pour themselves wine at various wine pouring stations that were strategically design to measure the amount of wine poured in the glass. This is what they uncovered:
If you are a guest at a holiday buffet, head first to whichever end of the buffet table that has the healthier foods and begin filling up your plate. If you are hosting the holiday event, put the healthier items at the beginning of the buffet table. Your guests will be happier with you in the morning.
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source: BOSTON by Joan Salge Blake