“During the holidays, we tend to eat more and exercise less. We also tend to eat the wrong types of foods, and before we know it, we are gaining a lot of weight.”

- Dr. Michael Aziz, author 'The Perfect 10 Diet'

 THIS IS HOW YOU CAN CHEAT ON YOUR DIET

1. Snack on vegetables
“Vegetables have a lot of fiber – they have nutrients and vitamins,” Aziz said. “They fill you up nicely.”

Taking a bite from the holiday gift basket instead of the chocolate box is a good idea.


2. Limit which fruits you eat
“Fruits contain a sugar called fructose, and the upper limit that the body can handle in one single day is about 15 grams,” Aziz said.  “And many fruits have more than 15 grams - bananas in general, apples, pears.  Stick with fruits that have a lower sugar content, such as strawberries, blueberries.”


3. Think outside the box when it comes to dessert
“Chocolate has a lot of sugar, and it’s going to add a lot of calories,” Aziz said. “It's going to mess up the hormone insulin, which is a fat-storing hormone. My suggestion is to melt the chocolate, and add the fruit of your choice.”


4. Mix it up
“Alcohol is a sugar,”  “Put some water over the wine, or put some seltzer over the vodka. It’s a good way to cut down on calories.”


5. Exercise
When it comes to shopping – don’t order online. Lace up your sneakers, and hit the mall. An hour of walking could burn up to 200 calories, Aziz said.


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