If you're worried about overeating the next time you're supposed to meet up with the girls for dinner, down two cups of water before you head out the door, suggests Jenna Wolfe, a certified personal trainer and fitness expert on the weight-loss app Lose It!'s advisory board. "It'll fill you up just enough to take the edge off your hunger," she says, so you can dig in without going overboard.
Find Your Fashion Fix
"By frequently wearing baggy or elastic-waisted pants, it's easy to overlook or ignore any weight you may be gaining," says Wolfe. "So get rid of those pants (or stow them away for cozy nights in only) and aim to wear form-fitting pants that'll keep you honest." No need to go crazy; just choose choose jeans based on your body type.
Eat More Fiber
Always feel like you're starving an hour after you ate? You're probably not getting enough fiber. "It's more difficult for your body to break down fiber, keeping you fuller for longer," says Kristen Kirkpatrick, M.S., nutrition expert on Lose It!'s advisory board. "Plus, foods with lots of fiber have higher volume and fewer calories, allowing you to eat more without blowing through your calorie budget." Basically, fiber is a win-win (and it gives your digestive system a boost), so load up on any of these 53 fiber-filled foods to get your fix.
Say Yes to Fat
"'Fat-free' foods sound like a blessing, but they're really a curse," says Kirkpatrick. "To make something fat free, the manufacturer must replace the fat with sugar." And more sugar means more calories (and potentially more weight gain), so steer clear of the deceptive labels. (If you're constantly jonesing for more sugar, learn how to cut your cravings without going crazy.)