Maximize your fun and minimize the weight gain this holiday season.
1. Make time for a workout
Before getting ready, do a 15- to 20-minute interval routine (alternate jogging and walking, say). It takes little time and can boost your calorie burn for hours.
2. Fuel up pre-event
Quash cravings: Eat a trail mix of 1 cup air-popped popcorn, 18 pistachios, and 1 Tbsp. dried cranberries (125 calories) on your way out the door. Its protein and fiber will take the edge off hunger.
3. Give yourself the giggles
Call it the "Ho, ho, ho!" meditation: Shut your eyes, smile, and make laughing noises for one minute. It feels silly, but stimulates feel-good brain chemicals that can help protect you from emotional eating.
4. Go undercover
After making buffet picks, put a napkin (or a second dish) over your plate to tell your brain you've finished choosing.
5. Savor your bites
Put your fork or spoon down after each one, and