The sad, but true, reality of the holidays: You’re pumped about all of those parties coming down the pipeline. You’re not as pumped about the potential to wreck all that hard work in the gym—and expand your waistline. So how can you guarantee that your packed social schedule will have the least possible impact on your body? That's why we asked Tanya Zuckerbot, M.S., R.D., author of The Miracle Carb Diet: Make Calories and Fat Disappear – with Fiber!, for her best advice.

First off, she suggests a couple of go-to survival strategies: Drink lots of water (dehydration can make you feel hungrier), and always scan the spread first to decide what’s worth the splurge. But she also says it helps to steer clear of the party season’s worst offenders. So here are 10 ticking fat and calorie bombs to put on your radar, plus tips on how you can make better choices—or simply minimize their damage.