Do your Christmas shopping early without fear of gaining an ounce. In fact, you may even lose a few. Some tips here.
1. Park and walk. Ease the stress of fighting for parking space and burn more calories by parking at least 200 meters away. You’ll log in more than a few kilometers in just three shopping trips.
2. Arrive early. Check with your mall if it has early hours for walking. You’ll get in some exercise before you’re laden with packages.
3. Choose your door. Enter through a department store, and you can start shopping without temptation from the food booths at some mall entrances.
4. Buy small. If you decide to treat yourself to fries or ice cream, order the smallest size available. Researchers have confirmed that you’re likely to eat up to 44% more snack food if you buy it in larger containers.
5. Make reservations. Running into the burger joint may save time, but the fat and calories will slow you down — and plump you up. Duck into a nice restaurant and make reservations for later in the day. You’re also more likely to make smart food choices when you’re not rushing.
6. Just say no to free samples. If you dip and sip from every sampler tray, you’ll get lots of calories at the end of the day.
7. Pack a snack. To indulge your tastebuds and spare your waistline, take along a cookies-and-cream-flavored Cliff bar. the taste is decadent, and each 250-calorie, 5-fat gram bar packs in impressive 5g of fiber.
8. Get a low-fat jolt. Can’t resist the gourmet java stop? Duck in for a flavored coffee and biscotti (no icing). At just 143 calories and 10g of fat compared with a cappuccino and croissant.
9. Sip smart. Drink often, but bypass the soda — even if it’s diet. Opt for naturally calorie-free beverages such as bottled water, flavored sparkling water or seltzer, or unsweetened iced tea.
10. Stop at the salon. Don’t let holiday nerves lead to diet disasters. Plan a stress break: If you can’t treat yourself on the spot, pop in to schedule an appointment for a pedicure and foot massage for your next shopping foray. Your feet — and figure — will thank you.
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