FOR many people, the festive season is a chance to take things slowly but don’t let your healthy habits go out the window.“During the festive season, the scale is likely to go up, rather than down,” said Renny Letswalo, managing director at Cambridge Weight Plan. “There seems to be a never-ending amount of food and drink during this time, tempting us to break our own health rules.”Reaching for comfort foodMost people overeat as a result of stress and not hunger, says Letswalo. “We are biologically wired to reach for comfort food when we are stressed and overwhelmed, which often temporarily takes the edge off. But the trick lies in breaking the connection between stress and food, and replacing comfort eating with something else.” The silly season can be a nerve-wracking time for people trying to lose weight, so try these tips to beat the holiday bulge.Put your food on a smaller plateStudies show that the bigger the plate, the more food people serve, so opt for the side plate to control your portions.Buy healthy snacksMake sure your fridge is loaded with healthy options. Apples, yogurt and fresh veggies can ward off hunger and stop you from eating out of boredom.Keep exercising Even if you only schedule short interval training throughout the day, stay active and keep moving.Start off strongStart the day with a healthy breakfast. A bowl of cooked oats will keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing your chances of overeating.Limit your alcohol intakeIf you must drink, opt to drink from a tall and narrow glass to drink less. According to studies, we consume more liquid when we drink from a short, wide glass compared to a tall and narrow one.Avoid mindless eatingDon’t eat while distracted such as when watching TV. Rather sit down at the table to eat, as it forces you to focus on what and how much you are eating.