Let the holiday eating begin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (NBC) - This weekend kicks off what many call the holiday "eating" season.

Heaps of Halloween candy, mountains of Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, countless Christmas cookies, all topped off with New Year's Eve libations.

Experts say our bodies will thank us if we make our New Year's resolution now.

"If you set yourself up right before the holidays come by being aware that weight gain is an issue and that you know that you overeat there are some things that you can do to prevent that," said Wake Forest University's Mara Vitolins.

That including buying Halloween candy you don't like so you'll give it away instead of eat it, using low-fat substitutes while cooking your Thanksgiving meal and eating before you hit the holiday parties.

Most importantly set realistic goals going into the holiday eating frenzy.  Rather than losing weight, try to maintain your weight.

"It's almost like you give yourself a holiday gift if you don't gain that 5 pounds and then have to struggle to lose it over the next year," Vitolins said.

Experts say signing up for a New Year's Day race is another way to make sure you don't celebrate too much on New Year's Eve and it will keep you motivated to exercise over the holidays.

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