HEALTHY LIVING
12/17/2013 03:33 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

32 Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Avoiding holiday weight gain may sound as feasible as Santa fitting down billions of chimneys on Christmas Eve, but we promise there are logical strategies (that work all year round) to stay on track. Many of us experience weight gain during the festive winter months, but packing on a few pounds in December is far from inevitable. Don't get us wrong -- the holiday season is all about celebrating, having fun and indulging. So pass the eggnog and yule log (in moderation) and let's tackle how to navigate holiday party food spreads, hectic schedules and ruined gym routines -- without turning into Mr. Scrooge.

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