Health Watch — Managing Weight: Holiday Weight Gain

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From Halloween candy to New Year’s Eve party snacks, with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas feasts and numerous parties in between, we’re in the season of eating. And that can mean weight gain. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about avoiding holiday weight gain, as well as some recent research into weight loss and obesity.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says most people actually only gain a pound or two over the holidays. The problem is that they usually don’t lose those pounds, and over the years, they can really add up. It’s also surprisingly easy to gain weight. All it takes is an extra 150 calories a day — what you’ll get from a non-diet soda or a chocolate-chip cookie — and you can gain a pound in about three weeks. Some holiday treats at the office, a party in the evening and favorite home-made treats or gifts of food at home, and you can see how the calories could add up.

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November 2008

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