Holiday Weight Gain: 5 Easy Pieces (of Advice)

Thanksgiving is all about getting together over food — and I’m fine with that. But then comes that killer five-week stretch of yet more parties and food, with plenty of festive (and fattening) drinks thrown in. Knowing that a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner can easily exceed 3,000 calories, how can health-conscious types survive the holidays unscathed? Many people succumb to temptation (the average holiday weight gain is 1 to 3 pounds, says the NIH), then repent — or at least …

Makeup Tips for Scrooges

Fed up with “holiday” promotions, “special” makeup kits and “limited edition” shades? I know I am, especially given that it’s barely mid-November. But the party push is on, and my neighborhood drugstore displays are changing faster than a Carrie Mathison mood swing on Homeland. Call it seasonal denial disorder, but I refuse to indulge in even the most muted shopping spree until Dec. 1. Until then, I intend to make the most of the beauty products I already have on …

Pants Too Tight? Could Be That Diet Soda

For older adults who think drinking diet soda helps their waistline, this will be hard to swallow: New research suggests that the more you drink of those artificially sweetened beverages, the bigger your belly grows. A new study of adults age 65-plus found that those who drank diet soda daily gained triple the inches of those who never drank it. The study is the latest to find that diet soda doesn’t actually help us diet. Instead, it may have the …

3 Quick Fixes for Holiday ‘Beauty Bummers’

’Tis almost the season — of overreach, that is, when your already busy life gets even busier. From meal planning and preparation to getting together with far-flung family and friends — and, of course, trying to look radiant through it all — the last thing you need is to be thrown off your game plan by an unforeseen “beauty bummer.” >> 10 Must-Have Wardrobe Items for Women at 50+ But don’t stress — you’ve got enough of that in your life …

Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

In predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL-or ‘bad’-cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are – eating while …

Why Lost Pounds Return and Bring Friends

An acquaintance once said that she had lost over 200 pounds. Looking at her girth, I confess that I doubted the claim until she quickly added, “Of course, it’s the same 20 pounds 10 times.” Given the single-minded focus required to lose weight, why do so many of us (an estimated percent) regain the pounds we lost-and even add a few more? How maddening is that? Researchers are starting to explain this common experience, and their insights are both encouraging …