Health Watch - Enjoying the Holidays: Weight Gain

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about enjoying the holiday season. With all the sweet treats and parties, it’s easy to gain a pound or two during the holiday season, and over the years those pounds can add up. There are steps you can take to avoid holiday weight gain.

Good food choices, portion control and exercise are key to avoiding putting on extra pounds during the holidays.  Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says instead of focusing on foods you shouldn’t be eating, focus on adding good foods to your holiday diet. For instance, traditional holiday foods like cranberries and sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients.

You should also eat smaller portions of even healthy food. To balance big holiday meals, avoid fast food and eat small, nutritious meals when you’re not going to parties. Adding exercise to your schedule also helps balance holiday eating. Walk around the mall when shopping and plan get-togethers around activities like ice skating or a walk in the woods instead of around food. 

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December 2010


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