In my book, Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time, I share my experiences and advice on how to lose the pounds and keep them off.

Instead of suggesting restrictive dieting and obsessive calorie counting and endorsing constant hunger, I show readers they can shed pounds by adopting eating habits that are healthy, balanced, and above all, livable.

It’s possible to hang out with friends without packing on the alcohol pounds, navigate buffets tables at parties, and handle the holidays painlessly. View the slideshow for my top six tips to avoid overeating.