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Ways to Eat Less--And keep the holiday damage to a minimum!

by Christy Taylor

One more week to go...then we can put away the holiday treats and temptations until next year and get back on track with our work out routines!

In the mean time, here's some ways to keep the damage to a minimum and simply EAT LESS.
(from Men's Health)

1. Grin Yourself Thin
Do something to make yourself smile. Scientists say serotonin, the "happy hormone", reduces appetite. And, higher levels of it make you more likely to burn fat

2. Crack Some Nuts
In another study, people who were given shelled (that is, naked) pistachios ate 211 calories' worth while those who had the in-shell variety consumed only 125 calories in the same sitting.

3. Put a Fork in It
Your non-dominant hand, that is. You'll be more mindful of what you're eating and probably end up consuming less. (using chopsticks works, too, especially if you're not a pro!)

4. Be an Early Bird
Late risers not only eat more calories (almost 200 more at dinner and another 375 after 8pm) but also eat more unhealthy than those who wake up around 8am, according to a study.

5. Eat With a Woman
Men consume 37 percent less when they eat with a wife or girlfriend than when they dine out with their buddies, according to researchers.

6. Chew Gum
You can't snack if your mouth is already occupied! Especially if you have a sweet tooth. Just be sure to go for the sugar free variety.

7. Keep 'em Clean
This is my favorite trick when I'm home. Simply BRUSH YOUR TEETH when those treats are calling your name. You'll feel refreshed, sparkly clean and no longer reach for that cookie--nothing tastes good after toothpaste!