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Six Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Posted By Carole Carson On December 23, 2011 @ 9:33 am In Health Talk | Comments Disabled
We are in the middle of one of the most dangerous seasons for overeating. The onset of winter, combined with back-to-back holidays, provides endless temptations. Dr. Holly Hull , a researcher at the University of Oklahoma who studies holiday weight gain, affirms our own experience: during the next few weeks, we’ll face an enticing array of opportunities to consume calorie-dense snacks, finger foods, appetizers, desserts and alcoholic drinks.
You don’t have to be a researcher to notice how much weight Mr. and Mrs. Claus have put on over the years. Given all the cookies Santa consumes on Christmas Eve while delivering presents, one expert asserts that Santa has (or is at risk for) “heart disease , high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, osteoarthritis, gout and breathing problems.”
Here are six tips to help you, your family and the Clauses enjoy wonderful occasions without packing on extra pounds:
By foregoing calorie-dense foods, you can skip lightly through the holidays without gaining weight. And by adopting these strategies, you can begin the New Year feeling good about your accomplishment.
P.S. When you set out the treat for Santa this year, forget the cookies and milk. Do your part to promote fitness: Leave a piece of fruit and some spiced tea.
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 Dr. Holly Hull: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/the-skinny-on-holiday-weight-gain/
 heart disease: http://www.prweb.com/releases/santa/cookies/prweb4906624.htm
 mdid: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdid/3174102660/
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