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6 Smart Holiday Diet Tricks

You’ll probably be in a house full of family and friends celebrating this holiday season. Avoid going overboard and packing on extra pounds with these six simple tricks to avoid overeating.

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1. Hang with the Kids

If the adults are all circling the food table, spend time with the children. At almost any age, kids are more likely than adults to be doing something active. Their energy and playfulness should help distract you from food.

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2. Appoint Yourself Activity Director

Take the lead in suggesting non-eating activities that the family can do together, from playing Scrabble or charades to building a snowman.

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3. Drink… Water

When there are lots of high-calorie beverages around, it helps to have an alternative. Keep a glass or bottle of water handy.

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4. Keep “Free” Snacks and Beverages on Hand

Satisfy your munchies with very low-calorie treats like carrots, celery, sweet peppers, sliced jicama, and diet drinks. That way you won’t have to rely on your willpower to steer clear of all those diet-busting rich foods.

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5. Be Helpful Anywhere but in the Kitchen

This is a tough one, especially if you’re at the in-laws’ house. But it’s easy to nibble when you’re surrounded by food preparation. Volunteer for other duties: cleaning up, setting the table, being bartender, running errands – anything that doesn’t directly involve food.

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6. Get Lost

If the sight and smell of all that food become just too much for you, excuse yourself and get out of the house. Take a stroll or go for a drive.

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