Let's face it. No matter how much self-control you think you have, when that bowl of Halloween candy is beckoning, you just can't say no. Am I right?
And, cumulatively, those seemingly innocuous bite-size treats will take more than a bite out of your caloric budget. Just five little Hershey's Miniatures are 210 calories, total. For a 155-pound person, that's about an hour's walk to burn off.
So, while it may seem sad and unfair, let's have a reality check here. What I'd like you to understand is that it's easier not to consume those tempting treats than to undo the damage later.
How to resist? Personally, I don't buy any Halloween candy. Sorry, I give trick-or-treaters nothing. Zip. Zero. I don't leave a light on, and they don't knock.
I'm not coldhearted, just realistic. I have the most wicked sweet tooth, which threatens to overtake me at every turn. I do not keep sweets in the house.
I'm not anti-Halloween. I would give out my favorite Honeycrisp apples, but I know where they'd end up.
Like other kids, my child goes out trick-or-treating and enjoys the Halloween festivities at school. We let him have a little candy. Then, when he loses interest I hide it.
Then I throw it out.
Again, I have a wicked sweet tooth. Know thyself.
I certainly don't attend adult Halloween parties. And during the rest of the holiday season, I refrain from taking plates and desserts home from parties when they're offered.
At our house, I keep a big bowl filled with delicious seasonal fruits on the table. It's perfect for snacking - and provides cheap home decor.
At right are five additional tips to help you avoid packing on those scary pounds this holiday season, starting now.
Kimberly Garrison is a wellness coach and owner of One on One Ultimate Fitness in Philadelphia. Her column appears Wednesdays.