The air has a chill, beach weather is on its way out and temptations abound. That’s right, winter is coming—that diet-busting, spare-tire-inflating season that brings us Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve, each replete with its own variation on pigging out, be it on food or alcohol, or both.
By virtue of its frigid disposition, winter also has a slowing effect on the metabolism and provides us the chance to hide the results of our December bingeing. In other words, it’s not the season you typically associate with getting or staying ripped. But it can be, with a little dedication, some intestinal fortitude (muscular as well), and a knowledge base exactly like the one that follows.
We’ve compiled 20 nutritional tips to help keep winter weight gain at bay. Oh, and while we’re at it, we might as well add our unofficial Rule No. 21: Go easy on the eggnog.