With the holidays now upon us, many of you may be feeling slightly nervous about the potential of weight gain with all the parties, events, and dinners you have scheduled. You’ve worked hard up until now and the last thing you want to do is see all that hard work go to waste.

We're going to be offering some healthy lifestyle snacks and tips at our Chanukah Festival on Sunday, December 14 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, but we also are fortunate to have health and fitness expert Jillian Panzella guest blogging for us this week with a few smart tips, so that you can avoid suffering the typical holiday weight gain this season. For more health and fitness help, visit Jillian's website, and don't miss her Dealing with Picky Eaters workshop at CAP Connects on January 22, 2015.

Plan Ahead

If there’s one thing that you absolutely must do, it’s plan ahead. Nothing will help prevent weight gain than always having a game plan.

For instance, if you know you’ll be indulging at the work Christmas party coming up, cut back slightly on your total fat and carb intake earlier on in the day. That way, you build in some ‘leeway’ room for the extra calories you’ll consume.

And always remember, there’s nothing wrong with indulging a little every now and then, but when that indulgence turns into a full out food binge, that is a problem.

Never Go Hungry

Next, make sure that you never go hungry. Some people will get it in their mind they should starve themselves going into their dinner and even skip eating altogether. Not a wise move.

When you’re ravenous, all will power and self-control will go out the window. Eat lighter, sure, but don’t starve. Focus on protein packed snacks with some veggies for added fiber.

Squeeze In Activity Where You Can

With the busy holiday season, time to hit the gym may be hard to come by. You’re rushing around with a million things to do and this can make it very trying to squeeze in fitness.

Get creative with this. 10 minutes of working out is better than no minutes, so always keep that in mind. Get out on your lunch break, take a walk after dinner with your significant other rather than crashing on the couch. You can wake up 10 minutes earlier and do a quick circuit training program. All of these options are simple strategies to squeeze in more exercise and it will make a difference in the long run.

Position Yourself Wisely

Finally, when you do attend an event, make sure you position yourself wisely. Don’t stand right next to the buffet line. Doing that will just make it more tempting to go in for more food.

As much as possible, stand as far away from the food tables as you can and engage in conversation. Focus on the company – not the food – and you’ll not only keep your bodyweight stable, but you’ll find you enjoy yourself more as well.

If you need to take this one step further, consider chewing some gum as well. Minty gum will put you off eating other food and keep your mouth busy so you can’t.

So there you have some fast and easy fixes to avoid holiday weight gain this season. Plan ahead and you shouldn’t be starting up on the typical ‘New Year’s Resolution’ weight loss plan that the vast majority of people do.