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Keeping a post-holiday waistline at bay

The holidays have come and gone and graced more than a few of us with an extra pound or two hidden somewhere on our bodies. Should we be surprised? It turns out that the average meal during the festive season contains 4,000 calories, according to Eek!

If you’re trying to shed some weight after living it up these past few months, there are a few easy tricks to keep in mind.

For instance, you may want to pay attention to amount of fiber you’re consuming. Foods high in roughage will fill you up faster, are often low in calories and help you feel nourished for a longer amount of time. This reduces the urge to over-eat during meals or snack throughout the day.

Additionally, consider cutting out alcohol and drinking water or low-calorie beverages, such as tea, a half an hour before one of your meals. Water fills you up and remains a healthy alternative to sugar-filled drinks.

With a few diet tricks and workouts post-holiday season, you too can start off 2012 without the gift of extra pounds.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing