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5 Ways to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

Nervous about stepping on the scale post New Years? Here are some simple tips to avoid packing on the holiday pounds.

3. Weigh yourself daily.
People who weigh themselves daily have better control over maintaining or losing weight. “A lot of people step on the scale on January 1st and are mortified,” says Roussell. “By weighing yourself everyday, you stay accountable and recognize what’s going on.” Even though you’ll fluctuate give or take a pound or two, you’ll notice patterns of increase and be able to reign in your eating habits before they get out of control.

4. Choose the right party foods.
Most party foods are refined grains or simple carbohydrates, says Roussell. Instead of reaching for snack mix, choose low-cal veggies or protein-packed shrimp cocktails. Eat a salad or broth-based soup before attending a holiday event so you can feel full (and avoid diving into the buffet head first). At a sit down dinner, fill up on meat and roasted veggies, first, before the carb-heavy mash potatoes and dinner rolls. Have a sweet tooth? Opt for pumpkin pie, which tends to be lower in calories than most other desserts.

5. Stock up on nutritional back-up snacks.
Keep healthy snacks in your car or at your office so you don’t feel hungry. Look for protein-rich foods like unsalted almonds or beef jerky for easy, grab-and-go options. Also, load your shelves with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can’t find produce in supermarkets. Go for kale, rich with antioxidants for detoxing your body throughout the holidays, and apples and oranges with Vitamin C to boost your immune system.

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