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Your Healthy Holiday Eating How-To

You can lose weight this holiday with the help of the editors of Eat This, Not That! They share their best advice on healthy holiday eating

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Your Holiday Healthy Eating How-To

Waiting until Janurary 1 to set a weight-loss resolution is a fat man's mistake. If you hope to have a flat belly in 2013, then you need to buckle down now.

The average American gains about 1 pound between Thanksgiving and New Year's, according to a Tufts University study-and if you're overweight or obese, then that number can exceed 5 pounds. Even worse, "people don't generally lose the weight they put on," says Betty Kovacs, M.S., R.D., codirector of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center's weight-loss program. "Those pounds just accumulate over the years." That means much of the weight you gain as the years pass can be blamed on holiday cocktails and candy bowls.

So use this timeline, powered by Eat This, Not That! 2013, to keep your winter coat of pudge at bay. Survive the next couple of months, and you'll be right on schedule for your leanest year yet.

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