It’s Christmas Day, and for many people that means a day full of family, friends, fun, and FOOD! If you are worried about gaining a few extra pounds this holiday season, there are some simple tips you can use to avoid that holiday bulge as we head into the New Year. For more information on these Christmas diet tip for healthy holiday eating, keep on reading after the jump!

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Between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are many opportunities to overextend yourself in the food and drink departments. Not only are people eating more this time of year, but the choice of holiday fare is not always the healthiest. If you are trying to avoid gaining some extra weight this winter, there are some important things to keep in mind.

First off, it is important to understand that the period between Thanksgiving and New Years is not the best time of year to be trying to lose weight. While it is understandable to want to lose a few pounds before spending time with friends and family, it is an unrealistic time to try to take on this goal. Many people end up angry and disappointed when they take this approach to having a health Christmas diet. Instead, try to maintain your current weight through the holidays, and start your diet and exercise plan in the New Year.

If you are just trying to not pack on the pounds over the holidays, there are some easy ways to make healthier choices and feel better at the end of the month:

1) Eat brightly colored foods. Snacks and appetizers at parties that are white or beige are often full of empty carbs and calories. Instead, opt for fruit and veggie snacks.
2) Limit your sweets. While it can be tempting, it is important to try to keep you intake of cookies and cakes to a minimum. By no means should you abstain from these treats, but try to keep it to one cookie instead of 4 or 5, and eat smaller pieces of pie or cake.
3) For those partaking in festive drinking, opt for drinks made from clear liquors and use diet soda when possible to cut down on calories.
4) Eat off of smaller plates. When we use large plates and bowls, we feel obligated to fill them. By eating off smaller plates, you will be more capable of consuming more appropriate portion sizes.
5) Stay active. It is really easy to hibernate this time of year, even if you live in a warmer climate. Do your best to keep active and healthy this holiday!

These are just a few Christmas diet tips for healthy holiday eating that you can keep in mind this year. You may just find that it will help you on your way to that New Year weight loss goal. Even if you only gain a pound over the holiday season, a pound a year can add up to significant weight gain over time!

What do you guys think of these Christmas diet tips? Are there any things you do to stay healthy over the holidays? Let us know be leaving us some comments, and check out this video with even more holiday healthy eating suggestions below!