Is your family making you fat?

December 6, 2012, 10:29 ammenshealth

The hedonistic indulgence of the silly season is behind you. Are you still carrying those few extra "jolly" kilos?

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A few months after the annual Christmas food-and-drink binge, are you still carrying Santa's belly?

Relatives "can encourage overeating and even sabotage your diet", warns Cynthia Sass, co-author of Diet is Driving Me Crazy.

Here are her hints for avoiding family-induced flab

Mum


She expresses affection with food.

The fix: tell her ahead of time if you're limiting carbs or fat and she won't be insulted. Bring plastic containers to load up on leftovers. You'll be set for weeks.

In-laws


There are politico-familial reasons to "enjoy" what her mum serves.

The fix: pick one dish and praise it mightily. Go light on the rest.

Brother or dad


They expect you to down beer, chips and ribs like in the old days and take it personally if you don't.

The fix: bring light beer and healthy nuts. And revive the traditional touch-footy game.

Kids


They want to make a stop at McDonald's on the way to nanna's.
The fix: pack snacks so you won't be finishing off their fries. Rice crackers, pretzels and stick cheese are good choices.

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  1. mirza ke jaan11:40pm Tuesday 27th October 2009 ESTReport Abuse

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