Holiday Diet Tips of All Time (cont.)

Holiday parties are much more than food and drinks. They are a time to delight in the traditions of the season, and enjoy the company of family and friends. If you keep the focus on the spirit of the season -- and heed the advice of our diet experts -- you'll most likely get through the holidays without gaining a pound.

And if you do splurge, don't beat yourself up, the experts say. Just get right back to normal eating and exercising, and try to do a better job at the next party.

Published December 1, 2006.

SOURCES: Michelle May, MD, author, Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work. Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, author, The Dish on Healthy and Being Fabulous. Cathy Nonas, MS, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association (ADA); director, diabetes and obesity programs, North General Hospital, New York. Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, spokeswoman, ADA. Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, spokeswoman, ADA; author, Diet Simple. Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, spokeswoman, ADA; co-author, Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy. David Katz, MD, MPH, associate professor, Yale University School of Public Health; author, The Flavor Point Diet. Brian Wansink, PhD, author, Mindless Eating, professor and director, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, New York.

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