Whether you’re watching your weight or you’re on a specific diet, here are some tips from Kelsey-Seybold Dietitian Ronda Elsenbrook, R.D. Page ContentDevelop a set of realistic and attainable goals during the holiday season.Instead of losing weight, perhaps a more reasonable goal would be maintaining your current weight.Avoid skipping meals or include at least a snack every 4 hours in your daily routine.Appetite increases and self-control decreases when meals are spaced too far apart or skipped. A well-balanced snack, such as yogurt or a turkey and low fat cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread with mustard, every 4 hours, will help to curb the appetite and prevent excessive eating at the dinner table.Drink water or sugar free beverages in place of juice, punch, regular soda and sugar-sweetened beverages.Desserts and sweetened foods are always abundant during the holidays; by avoiding concentrated sweetened beverages, you will minimize your caloric intake.Avoid depriving yourself of the foods you want.Limit yourself to one full plate of food with small portions of the sugary, high-calorie items, such as candied yams.Include a leafy green salad with lunch and dinner meals and do the dipping method when using salad dressing.Salad is a low calorie item with a satiating effect. Dip the salad fork in the dressing and then get your salad to give you the taste of the dressing and to minimize calories.Go easy on the alcohol.Aim for lower calorie beverages, such as light beer or wine, and limit yourself to 1-2 beverages.Stay well hydrated during the holiday season.Often times we are not hungry; we are really thirsty. Reach for a large cold glass of water before reaching for those chips, wait 10 minutes and ask yourself if you are really hungry or just thirsty.Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!Remember, excessive intake of calories during the holidays will lead to weight gain. Exercise for one hour daily to help balance caloric intake, decrease stress levels and elevate mood. Stay Positive!If you eat more than you planned, remember tomorrow is a new day. Get back on track with a brisk walk and include a salad at your meals.