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Three Holiday Eating Strategies

Gain muscle, not fat, between your Christmas Eve feast and New Year's binge.

Research from the University of Hawaii shows that most of the average American's annual weight gain occurs between October and February. People simply can't resist holiday smorgasbords; and even if you fancy yourself a "gym guy," chances are you can't either.

We won't waste space telling you to avoid party treats and decadent meals, because we know you're going to indulge anyway (we are, too). Besides, the holidays are no time to be pointing fingers. But we can give you some advice to mitigate the damage to your physique, so that you won't be mistaken for a mall Santa when you go to return gifts in your new red sweater. All you have to do is follow this plan and enjoy yourself.

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