You can have your cake and eat it too, as long as you run your caboose off.

A new study claims that people who run more than five miles a day can pretty much eat whatever they want.

More than 100,000 subscribers to a popular running magazine -- along with some competitors taking part in running events -- filled out a two-page questionnaire for the Berkley National Laboratory at the University of California. The results were published in the November edition of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Runners were separated into five individual groups based on their daily mileage distance.

Those who logged the least number of miles daily (fewer than 1.2 miles) saw their waist circumference and body mass index increase considerably while consuming a diet high in meat and low in fruit.

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The average American gains six pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. But there's one group that defies that statistic -- professional athletes.

Kobe Bryant isn't plumping up during the holidays. Tom Brady won't be packing on the pounds. That's because they are in season during the biggest eating days of the year. The NFL had games on Thanksgiving. The NBA will tip off its regular season on Christmas. Unlike the rest of us, those professional athletes don't go for seconds and thirds. And we all know LeBron James has never shown up for a fourth.

All kidding aside, we should take a cue from our sports heroes when it comes to the holidays. Their bodies are their business. We'd all be better off if we had that mentality in the six weeks between Turkey Day and when the ball drops. So here are 10 tips to help you eat more healthfully over the holidays.

1. More time to eat = More time to exercise
You need to exercise during the holidays more than any other time of the year thanks to the never-ending parade of parties and treats. Your normal gym routine won't cut it with the increased calorie load. You're going to eat, so kick up your workout. And don't fool yourself. A small slice of pumpkin pie takes 30 minutes of walking at 4 mph to work off. And we both know there's no such thing as a small slice of pie.

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