We're not telling you anything you didn't know already: End-of-year holiday parties and waistline monitoring can be difficult to mingle. Confronted with delicious foods that come out only once a year, it can be difficult to say no.
Popular myths warn that most people gain 5 to 10 pounds, but governmental surveys indicate most revelers put on an average of only 1 pound each holiday season. The problem? That pound stays on, accumulating year after year ... not a fun gift to give yourself.
We asked a cardiologist, Dr. Lisa Matzer of Glendale Adventist Medical Center, to guide us through a typical holiday meal. Read on for her picks: