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Mean Green Fitness Tip

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Mean Green Fitness Tip

shutterstock_124603837As we enter the holiday season again it is important to remember that maintaining your health is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself, as well as your loved ones.  One way to help maintain your health during the holiday season is to manage how much you eat.  Specifically, try to control your portion sizes to minimize the potential for overeating.  This may be difficult to do because of all the delicious food and holiday treats that you will encounter, but here are several tips to help you fight the battle against the holiday bulge.  (The following tips are from WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/.)

At Home:
Use smaller dishes at meals.
Serve food in the appropriate portion amounts and don’t go back for seconds.
Put away any leftovers in separate, portion-controlled amounts. Consider freezing the portions you likely won’t eat for a while.
Never eat out of the bag or carton.
Don’t keep platters of food on the table; you are more likely to “pick” at it or have a second serving without even realizing it.

At Restaurants:
Ask for half or smaller portions.
Eyeball your appropriate portion, set the rest aside, and ask for a doggie bag right away. Servings at many restaurants are often big enough to provide meals for two days.
If you have dessert, share.

At The Supermarket:
Beware of “mini-snacks” — tiny crackers, cookies, and pretzels. Most people end up eating more than they realize, and the calories add up.
Choose foods packaged in individual serving sizes.
If you’re the type who eats ice cream out of the carton, pick up ice cream sandwiches or other individual size servings.

For more portion control and nutrition tips please visit:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html

Don’t Forget–
Rec Center Spring Memberships go on sale December 1!
All active Alumni Association members can get a membership to the Pohl Rec Center on campus!

Alumni Spring Memberships:
Spring: $135 (valid January 2-May 10)

Spring & Summer: $265 (valid January 2-August 8)

Stop by the Rec Center any time it is open for a tour and more information, or visit recsports.unt.edu.