The holiday season might not be a time to lose weight, but it doesn't have to be a time to lose your health.

The key is to go into the holidays with a plan. Here are five ways to keep your health over the holidays

1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight

2. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day

3. Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite

4. Choose your favorite foods in your plate and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables to keep your plate balanced

5. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy

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