7 Weight Loss Hacks Before The Holiday Season

woman relaxing coffee cup‘Tis the season for tricks and treats, spiced sweets and fancy feasts. While the transition from summer to fall can take a toll on your waistline, before you lose your mojo, check out some of our top weight loss hacks to avoid the “freshman fifteen” this holiday season.

1. Keep the momentum of summer going: Check out coupon apps like LivingSocial and Groupon for deals on fitness classes. By stocking up for fall, chances are you’ll be much more motivated to hit the Stairmaster throughout the holiday season.

2. Retire early: The early bird gets the worm, one study says, alleging that sleep can really affect your weight. Skimping on your beauty sleep sets the brain up for making bad decisions, including leaning on that vanilla latte to get you moving in the morning, skipping out on the gym or grabbing a fast (food) dinner – all things that will quickly expand your waistline.

3. Fall begs for warm tea: Drinking green tea first thing in the morning will boost your immune system as well as help with digestion throughout the day. According to a study cited in DailyMail, the magical green elixir also burns fat (if you drink enough of it).

4. Reach for the canned pumpkin: While one slice of pumpkin pie can run upwards of 320 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Canned pumpkin is a great way to get your fix and watch your waistline. At just 82 calories per cup, you can add it to pancakes, oatmeal, or even a pumpkin pineapple cocktail.