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Eat, Drink, and Still Shrink

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At the Office

The kitchen is a dumping ground for the goodies your coworkers don't want in their homes. A trip to the coffeemaker has never been so dangerous, with snickerdoodles and lemon bars (both around 140 calories) lurking on every counter. Don't be fooled by your boss's seemingly innocuous slivers of chocolate fudge; the rich bites pack nearly 120 calories per ounce.

Trim Tactics

Ditch your desk. Squeezing in a lunchtime workout helps Christine Plasterer, 32, an editor in Stafford, Virginia, sidestep the sweets. "If I've made the effort to go to the gym, I think twice before making a bad food choice afterward," she says.


Enlist a diet cop. Josephine Geraci, 44, an entrepreneur in Lloyd Neck, New York, sends her friend Victoria a daily e-mail detailing her diet slipups; her pal does the same. "Knowing I'll have to spill the beans makes me reconsider splurging," Josephine explains.

Play the waiting game. Lori MacGregor, 33, a public relations director in Los Angeles, doesn't let herself snag a sugar cookie until 3 or 4 p.m. "If I wait until the afternoon, everything looks picked over and stale -- and way less tempting," she says.

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asilvestri3 wrote:

Great list of how the holidays can get at your waistline. I've trained myself to stay far away from the food court at the mall as I can and bring healthy snacks in my bag like granola and crackers to give me a boost!

12/9/2009 09:17:30 AM Report Abuse
mamakkcamty wrote:

Exactly...she wanted her willpower strong as "steel" (as in the metal).

11/19/2009 03:14:31 PM Report Abuse
latoshia1 wrote:

It was some helping information, thanks

11/19/2009 02:35:50 PM Report Abuse
morrison.jillian wrote:

No, she meant "steel". She is not thieving (stealing) her willpower, she is rendering it strong and inflexible, as steel. Look it up (the verb):

11/19/2009 12:15:07 PM Report Abuse
horace_pearson wrote:

Great story, but in the opening segment of "While Shopping", you incorrectly spelled the word 'steel' instead of 'steal'.

11/19/2009 09:44:45 AM Report Abuse

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