As the next holiday approaches and you reach for that pair of extra baggy holiday sweatpants, we wanted to give you a few tips that can help you keep the extra holiday pounds off. So without further ado here they are:

1. Drink water and be merry!

Instead of sugary soda, high calorie beer and alcohol, how about you keep the refills coming of the delicious, life giving, zero calorie beverage; water. Not only can a cup before a meal help you fill up faster, a cup after a meal can help you digest a litter faster as well.

2. Use a smaller plate, you'll feel great!

Instead of piling high on the largest plate you can find, try using the desert plates for meal time. You can still get the rush of piling high while not experiencing the jetlag after the deed has been done.

3. Do not take a holiday on your workout

Go ahead, give yourself a few extra reps before you hit the holiday buffet line. We know you can not resist indulging at least a little, so do not skimp on your work out, just try an AM workout so you do not miss any of the family activities.

4. Play with the kids

A fun way to get burn a few extra calories is to lose yourself in play. Pick up a football, Frisbee, a basketball, or a kickball and take all of the kids outside for some much needed stress relief. Just be sure to pack some extra deodorant for later!

5. Traveling? Kettlebells travel nicely as well

If you're going to be on the road for the next few days, take your kettlebell with you. You can get a total body workout with it at the hotel before and after the holiday! If you know what to do with them, Kettlebells can burn calories twice as fast in half the time of any other workout.

6. Give yourself a desert budget

We all know we can not do a Holiday without our favorite desert made by our favorite person. So whether that's Mom's sweet potato pie, Grandma's peach cobbler, or Auntie's Pound cake, we all know it's going to take a higher power to stop yourself from getting seconds and thirds. So give yourself a budget before hand and if you go over it, give yourself an appropriate punishment like 50 Burpees or 100 pushups.

It's no secret, even the big news channels suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Do not let this be you. Be good to your body and it will be good to you, who knows if you follow our tips you may even lose a pound or two.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday