It’s time for the Halloween fitness tips to keep all those hard-earned gains made at the gym. Costumes, trick-or-treaters and free candy galore! What’s not to love, right?!? Well, that constant bombardment of chocolate and goodies may not be a good thing for those of us trying to lean down. Don’t let the abundance of sweets spook you off your diet. Approach these festivities armed with tactics to fend off the Halloween candy coma!

1. Out of sight, out of mind

Once you buy the candy, store it in a place you don’t often see frequently until someone rings on your doorbell. Don’t keep the candy sitting out as you’ll be more likely to grab a piece here and there whether you are or aren’t truly craving sweets. With leftovers, if you’re tempted by an in-house candy stash, take it to work or give it to friends/family so other people can enjoy it.

2. Think before you chew

You are sitting at home watching TV and a craving for candy strikes you. Before you give in, ask yourself, am I hungry, am I thirsty or am I simply emotional? Resisting emotional cravings is hard when candy is readily available, but try to identify what you are feeling and do a different activity to calm that particular feeling. Still craving? Try making yourself a healthy snack. This fitness tip really applies to any situation, not only Halloween.

3. Savor one piece at a day

Completely restricting yourself of candy can actually set you up for an all-out binge. Indulge your sweet tooth, but make it planned. Decide what time of day you most want the sweet stuff, and save your special treat for that time. Then sit back and slowly savor the taste sensation.

4. Keep track of your intake

Given that Halloween candy is fun, bite-sized pieces they often go down very quickly and before realizing it you can be 10 pieces in. It’s easy to keep going back for “just one more” fun-sized candy bar, but those calories add up fast. Keep track of how many you are eating by either writing it in a visible place, logging it in a food diary or app, or keeping all your finished wrappers in one place you can see.

5. Don’t feel guilty!

Forgiving yourself is the best fitness tip. Everybody loves candy. If you have a piece, just enjoy it and then let it go. Getting frustrated with yourself will only start a downward trend that will spike your cortisol stress hormone and make you hold belly fat. Take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays!

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