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Get ready for the battle of the ‘winter bulge’

Posted: 10:15 AM, Jan 29, 2013
Updated: 2013-01-29 10:15:56-05

Just because it’s cold and snowy out doesn’t give you a valid excuse to veg out in front of the couch and pack on the pounds this winter. Bahar Takhtehchian, Editor-at-Large at SHAPE magazine, stopped by with some products that can help you get or stay in shape–all in the comfort of your own home.

DIET TOOLS:

WHAT: Plates that help with portion control

Slim & Sage plates

Slimandsage.com

$99

If you want to lose weight or stay in shape, you need to combine good eating and exercise habits. A smaller plate (like this 9 inch one) can help you eat less—most are 12 inches or bigger. Not only are these plates smaller than usual dinner plates, they are also portion-controlled. One quarter of the plate is for lean protein, one quarter is for whole grains, and one half is for veggies.

WHAT: A supplement that reduces your appetite

NV Clinical Sprinkles

$19.88

Walmart.com

If you feel like you can never control your appetite, you may want to consider taking a diet supplement that can help reduce your hunger. NV Clinical Sprinkles is backed by a clinical study. If you use the sprinkles, you can still eat many of your favorite foods, but you will eat less of it. You simply add NV to your breakfast and to your afternoon meal or snack. If you use this at breakfast and lunch, you will feel less hungry between lunch and dinner. People who did this decreased their daily calorie intake by 25%. Even though this product is backed by a clinical study, at SHAPE we recommend that you continue  exercising and following a balanced diet.

WHAT: A gadget that cuts fat from your meal

Prepara Roasting Laurel

Prepara.com

$24.99

This kitchen gadget helps you be a better and healthier cook. You can roast chicken or meat on it. Not only does it provide better heat circulation, but it also keeps your food up and out of fatty drippings. That way you are consuming less calories.

FITNESS TOOLS:

WHAT: Personalized fitness video game

Nike + Kinect Training Video Game

$50

Amazon.com

Think of this video game as a personalized trainer in your own home. You take a test to determine your fitness level and select a goal. The program then designs a workout regimen for you. You can workout daily or a few times a week. During each session you mirror an on-screen avatar as a motion sensor tracks your form. Sometimes you will hear commands like “squat lower” to help you get the right form. After a month, you can take another Fit Test to see what kind of progress you are making. You need to have Xbox 360 and a kinect sensor.

WHAT: Boxing bootcamp set

Empower Boxing Boot Camp

$60

Kohls.com

Love bootcamp classes but don’t want to go to the gym? You can turn your living room into a bootcamp studio. This kit comes with boxing gloves, a jump rope, a weighted ball, and a DVD that contains 12 types of 30 minutes rounds. You will burn calories, get toned, and relieve stress!

WHAT: Balance Board

Fitterfirst Soft Board Advanced

$100

Fitter1.com

This balance board lets you do lunges, knee raises, and more at home. It strengthens your core and improves your balance.

WHAT: Effective at-home fitness DVD’s

SparkPeople: Total Body Sculpting

$17

acacialifestyle.com

This DVDfeatures three 20-minute routines that incorporate cardio and barre routines and weights. You can be a beginner, intermediate, or advance fitness enthusiast. It’s an efficient workout hosted by Coach Nicole.

Exhale Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt

$26

acacialifestyle.com

This DVD is inspired by the classes taught at Exhale spas in New York and all over the country. The DVD is designed by the creators of Core Fusion (a core and barre class) In one DVD you will get a 5-week plan. Each week includes six 20-minute workouts that mix cardio and sculpting moves. You get one rest day.

WHAT: Lightweight sneakers

New Balance Minimus 20v3 Cross Training shoe

$99.99

NewBalance.com

This super lightweight shoe is just 5 ounces! You can wear this with or without socks. The shoe is ideal for workouts at home, workouts at the gym, and runs and walksoutside. You can take them to work with you and also travel with them—there’s no excuse not to break a sweat!