A Few Tricks to Easier Self-Control

By Sally Squires
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Finding ways to feel full with fewer calories is a trick that can help you sidestep nutritional mischief and added pounds, especially during the tempting holiday season.

But what are the best choices to help you pull a fast one on your stomach?

Reach for high-volume foods rich in water, fiber and, yes, even air. Evidence shows these foods help you feel full with fewer calories.

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Holding the line on weight is always important so that you don't increase your risk of diabetes or other weight-related health problems. But it takes on special meaning at the holidays, when food temptations are as common as corner Santas.

"People already overweight or obese are at particular risk for packing on the holiday pounds," notes Susan Yanovski, co-director of the Office of Obesity Research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

As part of a study of holiday weight gain, Yanovski and her colleagues examined a group of healthy adults and found that overweight and obese people were at greater risk of gaining five or more pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year's than their leaner counterparts.

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