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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Don't think that it is inevitable to gain weight during the holidays. And don't think that you have to miss out on everything to keep from doing so either. Just make some smart, preventative decisions, and you'll be on your way of escaping the holidays without one pound of weight gain.

Here's some tips for yourself or when hosting for others.

1. Go to town on H2O.

Drinking water helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories. Rather than guzzling calorie- and sugar-laden sodas and juices (which are associated with increased body fat and blood pressure) treat yourself to a glass of wine with dinner and keep your allegiance to water for the rest of the day.

2. Eat before drinking and celebrating.

Skipping breakfast or lunch in order to “save your appetite” is probably one of the worst mistakes you can make. Not eating until the afternoon may lead to binging later on, and chances are, you'll be binging on some high-calorie foods. So don't skip a meal before your event or party.

3. Pick protein.