Experts offer tips to keep weight down for the holidays

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

"The main thing it comes down to is portion control,” says Blake Miley, a Crestview personal trainer. 

People should eat the food they love during the holidays, but don’t overdo it, he said.

"I'm a firm believer of eating healthy, but I’m also a believer in enjoying life,” he said.

For many people, that means participating in a spate of seasonal potluck dinners and Christmas and New Year’s parties.

However, indulging is a different story, nutrition experts say.

"When you go to a party, look over the spread before grabbing a plate and digging in," said Lemoine Loll, a registered dietician at North Okaloosa Medical Center. "Stick to lean meats, which include turkey, ham and roast beef.

"Avoid eating fried foods like chicken nuggets” and eat fruits and vegetables as healthy side items, she said.

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