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Here's what it takes to avoid gaining weight this holiday season

Eggnog. Gingerbread houses. Peppermint bark. All those delightful cookies. There's no doubt it's the most wonderful time of the year - for putting on a few extra pounds.

Studies have found that most of our annual weight gain occurs during the holiday season, when adults typically bulk up by about 1 to 2 pounds. It may not sound like much, but over the course of a decade it adds up to 10 to 20 pounds - enough to fuel the

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