Experts say that most people gain 10 to 15 pounds between November and January. What’s one of the biggest factors in that weight gain? Holiday Dinners! Don’t worry. Here’s what you should do in the hours before eating a big dinner if you want to avoid packing on the pounds.  This comes from Registered Dietician Andrea Platzman.

  • What should you do 16 hours before a big dinner? Get a good night’s sleep. Experts say that the key hormones for burning fat and building lean muscle mass work while you sleep. So, make sure you get plenty of rest before the big feast.
  • What should you do 6 hours before a big dinner? Eat breakfast. If you think the best way to save calories is to starve yourself all day before the big meal, you’re wrong. Doing this will cause your body’s blood sugar level to plummet, making you feel ravenously hungry. Also, when you starve yourself, your body hangs on to any fat you put in, because it doesn’t know when the next meal is coming.
  • What should you do 3 hours before dinner? TiVo the football games on TV and play a real game outside with your family. An hour of backyard football burns about 300 calories.
  • What should you do when you’re actually eating? Experts say you should socialize at the dinner table. It can take up to 30 minutes from the time you start eating for your body to realize it’s full. Talking between mouthfuls is the perfect way to slow yourself down at the dinner table.

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