The Best, Proven Ways to Keep Off Holiday Party Pounds

We all know that holiday parties can detour your road to weight-loss progress: Here are my favorite smart ways to swerve around these diet disasters.

1. If it's a party night, don't let yourself think about it during the day.

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If you cut back by skipping breakfast or lunch, studies show you'll eat more later. Also, you might get in the mindset that today is an "anything goes" day food-wise, which it isn't. Don't skip the gym, either.

2. Eat a filling snack before the party, like an apple and two teaspoons of fiber-rich, protein-rich peanut butter.

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That ought to hold you once you get there.

3. Pack a handful of almonds or a mini string cheese in your purse.

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In case you need a secret nibble during the party.

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4. Know how you keep yourself out of the kitchen at home?

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Stand far away from the party kitchen, the buffet, and the bar.

5. Chat, and socialize!

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That's really the best way to have a great time without being distracted by food.

6. Passed appetizers?

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I like to see what's coming out of the kitchen first. If I really want something, I indulge in just one treat to satisfy my craving. Then I move on.

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7. Zoom in on these healthy, fat releasing nutrients at the buffet: fiber, vitamin C, calcium, protein and dairy.

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Best way? Get friendly with the crunchy, satisfying veggie tray or fruit platter.

8. Wear your favorite outfit, the one that makes you feel fabulous.

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If you look good, you feel good!

9. Make the first round a seltzer with lemon.

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That vitamin C adds a little fat releasing burst, and the water will help fill you up. Then, if you want, you can indulge in a glass of something harder. Switch back to seltzer afterwards.

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10. If you're getting a pour, choose red wine.

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Red wine has resveratrol, which studies show releases fat and protects against obesity and weight gain.

11. Pass on the eggnog and other rich drinks.

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But you knew that.

12. Hold a clutch, a cell or a water glass to keep your hands and your brain busy.

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You can also hold your wine glass; savor it and sip all night.

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13. Pick the smallest size plate at the buffet.

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According the Food and Brand Lab, a non-profit research facility at Cornell University, eating off a 10-inch dish instead of a 12-inch one can help you slash calorie consumption by 22 percent.

14. Party with friends, and ask them to help you keep your nibbling in check.

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Or just ask them to make you laugh. Studies show laughing hard for long enough does burn calories equal to a quick session at the gym.

15. Keep moving.

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Mingling will introduce you to new connections and help you fidget off some extra calories.

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16. Dance!

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Even if there's no space to do so, crank up the tunes and let loose for extra burn.

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