GAINING WEIGHT OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Women's Health magazine reports the average American puts away 600 more calories a day than usual in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Add it all up, and that comes out to an extra six pounds.
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1. Worst Classic Holiday Drink: Eggnog, with 350 calories and 19 grams of fat. Their alternative: homemade hot chocolate. And none of that alcoholic whipped cream (Whip-a-hol), either!
2. Worst Holiday Appetizer: Crab Cakes. This yummy appetizer that looks small on your plate is actually around 400 calories and 19 grams of fat. You could chow down on three dozen shrimp instead.
3. Worst Holiday Party Cocktail: Gin and Tonic. Believe it or not, it's the tonic water that adds the big calories --the editors suggest champagne instead for one-fourth the 22 grams of sugar.
4. Worst Holiday Party Snack: Spinach and Artichoke Dip. It's the mayo, sour cream and cream cheese which packs on the fat --17 grams per serving-- of this treat... and that's without adding any crackers or chips!
5. Worst Holiday Dessert: Pecan Pie. If you can, eat some fruit, willya? A really low-cal alternative is also angel food cake.