It's no coincidence gyms are packed after New Year's. The holidays are typically a time during which guys fall short in the gym and slack off from their typical routines leading to muscle loss, weight gain, and a strong desire to get back on track in the weight room once January rolls around. And with family obligations, traveling, and delicious meals, it's no surprise that belt lines tend to expand.

The good news: You aren’t destined to gain the holiday pounds. In fact, with the right program in place and proper planning, you can maintain your fitness levels while still enjoying time with the family. Follow these steps to stay on track throughout the holiday season, and avoid backtracking with your health and fitness.