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4 ways to low-cal your holi-work-days

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If you're like most people, the holidays come jingling in with mixed blessings:
  • 1 part good cheer.

  • 1 part stress from holiday planning.

  • 1 part temptation from all the fattening goodies appearing suddenly in the office kitchen. 
Mix them all together and they make for weight gain between now and January.

Not necessarily, though. Use these four methods for cutting down on the holiday calories at work:

1. Buy a golf-stroke counter ($1.49 at www.golfstuffcheaper.com). Put it in your pocket and count each time you eat something between meals and planned snacks. Keep count daily until you’ve reached a “par” you feel good about. Then, stick with it.

2. Control hunger with 100-calorie snacks. Unless you’re sprinting up and down stairs all day, a 100-calorie snack should sustain you. Check the calories in your favorite snacks online at www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/cgibin/ nut_search.pl. Or keep this list of 100-calorie snacks handy:
  •  2 to 3 cups of popcorn.
  • 1 apple, orange, pear, banana or bunch of grapes.
  • 1/2 ounce of nuts.
  • 6 to 8 oz. of fat-free yogurt.
  • 1 hard-boiled egg.
  • 1 piece of string cheese.
  • 1 ounce of soy nuts.
3. Divide large take-out portions before you start eating, so you’re more intentional about what you consume.

4. Take “foot” breaks rather than “food” breaks. Replace a visit to the vending machine with a walk around the building, a walk to the farthest copy machine to make copies or a walk to a nearby post office to drop off the mail.

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