6 For Your Health

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Updated: 11/19/2012 8:42 pm

In today's 6 For Your Health headlines... it's that time of year again, when a lot of us loosen our belts and prepare to indulge in of comfort foods and sweet treats.

It may seem impossible, but you can survive the holidays without packing on a few extra pounds. Collette Wieland shows us how.

"I don't indulge in too much of the sweets, but on Thanksgiving, I'm all about the turkey and the mashed potatoes."

Hmmm. Can't you just imagine the smells! The turkey... sweet potatoes... green beans... ohh and the desserts.

"I'm stuck on sweets. You know, if it's sweet, I'll eat it."

Just the thought of a Thanksgiving feast is enough to make your mouth water.

"Thanksgiving, you can eat, like a lot of food and you can have like, no regrets."

But can it be true? No regrets? Even if your feast puts you in a "food coma?"

Valerie Edwards, registered dietitian: "It's not the one day that's the problem."

Registered dietitian Valerie Edwards says go ahead! Live it up. Indulge! Just don't eat like that every day for the rest of the holiday season.

Valerie Edwards: "For a lot of people, it just becomes two months of overeating and that's where the problems occur with weight gain."

Valerie says save those extra calories for special days and on foods you really love. Oh yeah, and don't forget to exercise even if your family's in town.

Danielle Norwood, personal trainer: "I am definitely one to celebrate the holidays."

Personal trainer Danielle Norwood says there are easy exercises you can sneak in even while you're cooking, that will keep your metabolism up.

Danielle Norwood: "This is actually perfect for what we call a goblet squat."

Exercises that will get your stomach ready for the feast.

Danielle Norwood: "We're pushing our hips back. We're driving our knees out and we're trying to get into our heels while having a flat back."

Danielle says get creative. Use a pumpkin or canned foods as weights.

"Lift... squeeze..."

Grab a couple of paper plates and use them as "gliders."

Danielle Norwood: "You're driving your knees up towards your elbows."

Just think. The more calories you burn working out...

"I would try to do these, about 15 each side."

... the less guilt you might feel when you take that second helping of pie.

"A lot of whipped cream on top... (Laughs)."

The other thing that can creep up your calorie count... drinks.

Keep these averages in mind when you're filling your glass:

5 oz. glass of white wine = 120 calories
Red wine = 130 calories
A 12 oz. beer = 150 calories

And it's not just the alcohol.
Peppermint hot chocolate = 300 calories
Eggnog = 345 calories (with rum add 75 calories)

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