As we step into a new season and prepare for more time spent with the family, holiday gatherings typically include lots — and we mean lots — of food to distract you from your fitness goals. Whether it’s your aunt’s famous macaroni and cheese or your grandmother’s red velvet cake (which she still refuses to share the recipe), sacrificing your will power in the face of the holiday’s most delectable treats could be next to impossible.

Holiday weight gain doesn’t have to be on your agenda if you’re maintaining an attitude like Olympic Medalist Allyson Felix.

“Moderation is key,” Felix said to Vibe Vixen yesterday who also advises that we make working out a social event with friends. “I’d rather go for the splurge and then keep my workouts up.”

In addition to following the athlete’s advice you can avoid holiday weight gain with five simple tips:

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