Before you beeline for the buffet table, arm yourself with holiday diet tips and strategies that will help you stay away from the most fattening foods of the season.
This aromatic drink is a dietary disaster—it's basically just sugar, cream, and eggs. Instead of reaching for this calorie-laden beverage (roughly 200 calories in just a 5 ounce serving), stick to your healthy diet plan by opting for hot chocolate, which has about 113 calories if you make it with water.
Baked Potato with Toppings
It's tempting to load up baked potatoes with sour cream and butter, but doing so turns this complex carbohydrate into one of the most fattening foods at the table. Just one tablespoon of butter can add around 100 calories to this fiber-rich food. Instead of dousing it in artery-clogging toppings, try using salsa, or go for roasted potatoes.
While this is the holiday cut of choice, prime rib comes from the fattiest part of the cow, which translates to lots of calories. A 10-ounce slab of this hearty beef can have a whopping 1,000 calories and 37 grams of fat, which will take you more than two hours to burn off ice skating. Beef can be part of your healthy diet plan, just opt for Select or Choice grade beef and a lean cut, such as sirloin.
Dessert is one of those temptations you know you're better off without, but if you want to reward yourself with something sweet, choose wisely. At roughly 520 calories and 23 grams of fat a slice, it's best to pass up pecan pie. Instead, opt for pumpkin pie, gingerbread or a sugar cookie, which will satisfy your sweet tooth without ruining your healthy diet plan.