Surviving the holidays
Avoiding the traps of holiday eating
By Jorge Cruise
A LOT OF people think
it’s impossible to get
through the holidays
without gaining weight—
especially belly fat. If you
know how to make smart
choices that don’t trigger
an overproduction of insulin, you can enjoy
holiday treats and lose belly fat.
Here are a few simple tips for surviving the
holidays while keeping your waistline in check.
match with delicious cheeses such as Brie,
gouda or Gorgonzola. Enjoy with a few olives
and a handful of mixed nuts for good fats.
From trick-or-treating to bags of chocolate,
treats run wild this time of year. For your kids on
Halloween, I suggest selecting packets of cheesy
chips, corn snacks and gum. In fact, if you hand
out Trident original gum, you’ll actually help
kids prevent cavities! This gum is sweetened
with xylitol, a sugar alcohol that has been proven
to promote healthy teeth and gums.
As for chocolate, you don’t have to avoid
it altogether. Look for dark chocolate, because
it typically has less sugar than milk chocolate.
And it has antioxidant properties.
Five things to avoid
If you’re trying to lose belly fat, here are
some foods to avoid during the holidays.
Cranberry sauce. One serving has 21
grams of sugar. Limit it to just 1 teaspoon.
Dried fruits. Apricots have 22 grams of
sugar. Snack on sliced cheese or string cheese.
Diet sodas. They have chemicals that are
bad for brain and nervous system health. Try
sparkling water with lemon.
Eggnog. It has 21 grams of sugar. Enjoy a
Margarine. It’s filled with hydrogenated
oils, which advance cellular aging. Opt for
My wish for you is happy and healthy
Costco member Jorge Cruise is the author of
three New York Times bestsellers on health
and fitness, available on Costco.com. Watch
his free Lose Your Belly by Christmas video
and get the Outrageous Chocolate Brownie
Name: Alexandra Edmondson
Mingle, don’t mix
Height: 5' 1"
Pounds lost: 16
from waist: 6. 5
Spend more time catching up with friends
and family than shaking and stirring your
drinks. Choose beer or wine over cocktails,
which often are made with high-sugar mixers, such as cranberry juice. Red wine delivers
a dose of the antioxidant resveratrol, which
has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.
If you prefer hard alcohol, have vodka
with soda water, not tonic. The latter is filled
with sugar— 23 grams per glass! Remember, if
you want to lose belly fat, aim to consume no
more than 15 grams of sugar a day.
Cocktail party snacking
Instead of digging into the caramel popcorn, look for hearty, whole-grain crackers to
“I HAD COMPLETELY given up on myself,” says Costco member Alexandra Edmondson. “No amount of exercise or dieting gave me results.” Edmondson turned to the Belly Fat Cure, a plan developed by Jorge Cruise that focuses on reducing sugar and carbs, for help. (Learn more about the plan at
www.TheBellyFatCure.com). It has worked out great so far: She has lost 16 pounds. “I was depressed, as well as suffering from acne, fatigue and painful headaches,” she says. “I was so ashamed of myself—I used to be an athlete, and I thought I knew a lot about nutrition. When I stumbled upon Jorge’s program, I felt a little spark of hope—I’m amazed every day by how easy it is.” She adds, “I feel great, and I’m starting to look like my old self. I’m now motivated, and I have my smile back.” Her best tip for success: “Plan ahead. I make five sand- wiches on Sunday to get me through the week. Sunday is also when I wash and chop vegetables and defrost chicken and fish for the week.” C