The holidays can be both exciting and dreadful at the same time. While it can bring us joy, it can also make us feel uneasy by how easily it can cause weight gain. After all the effort we spent during the year getting in shape, the last thing we want to do is to retrogress to the starting point. So what can we do to help maintain what we’ve achieved while still enjoying the holidays? Here are three ways to prevent holiday weight gain.

What can be more discouraging after weeks of dieting than the numbers on the scale? If you find yourself stepping on the scale day after day in hopes you’ll see a significant change, only to be disappointed by unmet expectations, then you’ll be happy to know that there are more ways than one to measure your weight loss and the scale doesn’t have to be one of them.