Picks and Pans Review: You on a Diet ... Over the Holidays

updated 12/18/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/18/2006 01:00AM

Tis the season—for piling on those partying pounds. Think you know how to avoid it? Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen, the MD authors of You on a Diet, have some not-so-obvious tips.

• Gobble white-meat turkey It contains tryptophan, which increases serotonin to improve mood and help you resist cravings for simple carbs.

• Make beer your cocktail The bitter compounds in hops seem to activate agents that make your metabolism more efficient.

• Try scenting your home with grapefruit oil before entertaining Preliminary studies suggest the scent alone reduces appetite.

• Eat nuts half an hour before a party They cut your appetite.

• Use a breath mint strip before you eat It will dull your taste buds and make you a more popular guest.

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