Imagine sailing through this season of holiday parties, big family dinners, and decadent edible gifts without stressing about adding pounds to your frame. Well, it's possible…if you follow a few waist-saving eating strategies. The best part: They aren't restrictive, so you won't feel as if you're missing one morsel of festive fare. And if it turns out that you do go overboard this month, don't beat yourself up. I've uncovered plenty of effective strategies for melting off excess ab flab. Behold, my go-to tips for entering the New Year fit and trim.
* Eliminate added sugar. The average American eats about 20 teaspoons of sugar each day in the form of processed foods such as soda, baked goods, breakfast cereals, fruit drinks, and even flavored yogurt-about 325 empty calories' worth! Plus, all that sugar increases insulin production, which slows metabolism.
Boost Your Metabolism-and Counteract a Holiday Cookie or Two in the Process
* Pump up your protein intake.