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Holiday Bites

Tips to avoid overeating

(HealthDayNews) -- Packing on the pounds during the upcoming festive season is one holiday tradition most of us would happily forego. It is possible, but the secret is to be flexible and sensible.

The Medical College of Wisconsin offers these tips:

  • Be realistic -- strive to maintain, not to lose weight -- during the holidays.
  • Balance what you eat at parties with your other meals. Don't skip meals to save calories -- that leads to overeating.
  • Don't deprive yourself of your holiday favorites. Rather, skip the foods that you usually eat, or balance your favorites with low-calorie foods, such as vegetables with low-fat dip or boiled shrimp.
  • Watch your portion sizes, especially with buffets.
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