This time of year is especially hard on our waistlines. Because of that, many of us spend the springtime trying to lose holiday weight. There’s a lot to consider when trying to avoid the extra holiday pounds. There are work parties, get togethers, dinners, and more. The glasses clink and you can easily find yourself lost in cream cheese-filled, bacon-wrapped delectables and chocolate treats.

Here are a few tips for how you can survive:

1. Be realistic

When you’re trying to avoid weight gain, it’s important to set yourself up for success. Be realistic when setting your goals. If you aim too high you can quickly become discouraged. Staying healthy is tough during the holidays. Trying to slim down when there is so much temptation can set you up for failure. Instead, work to maintain your current weight over these critical weeks.

2. Track your food

Some of the best tips are the most simple. With so much food around, it’s easy to forget about all those rich, calorie-laden feasts. By keeping track of what you eat you can be more mindful about what’s going into your body. Whether you use an app or food diary, writing down what you eat and tracking the calories can help you make informed choices. It can also give you a sense of control.

3. Don’t stand around the munchies

Half of overcoming temptation is not putting yourself in the position to be tempted in the first place. When you’re talking and there are trays of food in front of you, it’s easy to overindulge. Try instead to manage your portions by putting food on a plate and walking away. This can help you exercise better portion control and cut down on a lot of potential calories.

4. Focus on fiber

It’s fine to want to indulge during a holiday party, but there are plenty of great ways to do it responsibly. Many holiday parties are more mindful of healthy options, and that’s something you can take advantage of. If you see a tray of veggies, hummus, bean dip, or other healthy, fiber-filled options, go for it. They can help you feel full without the added calories (just go easy on the veggie dip).

5. Limit alcohol and sugar

These two items are especially tough during the holidays. Between Christmas cookies and eggnog, avoiding these is easier said than done. But both alcohol and sweets can wreck your diet as they can make you open up inhibitions and start you down the wrong path. Be especially mindful to limit these minefield foods and drinks. At this time of year, remember to enjoy your time with people and enjoy your food. With some self-control, you can have it all.

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