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Outwit and Outweigh Holiday Weight Gain with These 6 Tricks

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We're decking the office party halls and making last minute trips to the malls. It's crunch time, and for some it's munch time, this holiday season.

Celebrations like family parties, Holiday Open Houses and Girl's Night Happy Hours fill up our end of the year calendar. Many of us receive numerous invitations between Christmas and New Year's with a call of temptation to indulge in treats.

#1 Weigh Yourself More Often

This time of year, some experts actually condone weighing yourself more often as reported on Health.com. “Weigh yourself twice a week, that's often enough to make sure you stay on track, but not so often that you take all the fun out of holiday noshing," Michael Dansinger, MD, assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine said.

#2 Be Selective

It is important to stick to your willpower and indulge just a little on festive hors d'oeuvres and decadent desserts, so you can avoid weight gain over the holidays. I always say, you should not feel sick after a party.

Health.com expert Dr. Tim Church, MD, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, said, "If you pick the stuff you really want and have it in moderation, you'll stave off those cravings that can get you in trouble later on."

#3 Eat According to the Law of Moderation -- Being Nice not Naughty

Develop and stick to a game plan to avoid gaining excessive weight during this time by imposing what I like to call the Law of Moderation. It is easy to fall into the temptation trap, devouring too many holiday delicacies, like you'll never have them again.

Give it a "one-two" approach --

The Cleveland Clinic suggests that you pick one a day. “Allow yourself one small serving of a cookie or piece of candy each day during the holiday season.”

I also like to take two nice, not naughty nibbles, of my favorite dessert(s) instead of downing an entire plate.

#4 Make it A Motivating Morning

One thing I like to do this time of year is get my workout done in the morning. That way, the last-minute holiday distractions will not get in the way.

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