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Tips to avoid overeating and maintain your figure this Thanksgiving

After you've put on your tube mascara and a touch of liquid eyeliner and head over to your folks' home for Thanksgiving dinner, you may start to find yourself indulging a bit too much in the fabulous fare. If you've made a commitment to physical fitness throughout the summer and early fall, you don't want to throw off your whole regimen with one big meal. Here are a few tips to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

1. Portion size. There's no sense in piling your plate high with food and letting some of it get cold in the process. After all, there are probably more options on the dinner table than you can fit on your plate, so choose a few dishes at a time. Small portions of each type of food on the table will allow you to taste everything that your family whipped up for the occasion, and it can help you to limit the amount that you eat.

2. Savoring. Slowing down and enjoying the intricacies of each side and slice of turkey will allow you to appreciate the work that went into it and help you feel full a lot sooner. Since your body requires some time to bring about the sensation of being full, this can help you truly savor your meal and control your food intake. You may just taste a few ingredients you may have missed and share your compliments with the people who prepared it.

3. Socializing. One way to avoid overeating during the holidays is by making yourself an active part of the conversation. Ask questions and really listen to your family members at the dinner table. After all, it's probably been a long time since you've seen them, and you don't want to miss an opportunity to catch up when you're shoveling down food! Another tip is to put your fork down after taking each bite to allow yourself to feel full faster and limit the amount of food you're eating.

While everyone loves to go overboard at the holidays, for some ladies, it can be difficult to put in all that hard work at the gym to be undone by a massive holiday meal. By following these tips, you can still enjoy the delectable delights of Thanksgiving and other celebrations, while keeping your overall health and waist line in check.