It's that time of year again--trim the tree, take a piece of Aunt Mary's pie and loosen the belt!
But family and friends may be a hidden hazard in the effort to fight off the festive flab.
Psychologist Martin Binks of Duke University says it's not just the tempting holiday treats that can sabotage the waistline.
"People want to please everybody and they feel if they don't eat a large amount of grandma's special pie they are going to offend somebody."
Dr. Binks says alerting family and friends ahead of time, and asking for their support, can help you avoid the pressure to please.
Along with a food plan, experts say a daily dose of exercise can help you stay focused.
There's nothing like a family walk to help settle full stomachs and ease family stress.