Maintaining Your Weight Over the Holidays

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The holidays are a time of joy and for gathering and celebrating with friends and family that you hold dear. However, these gatherings typically involved lots of food and drink. All those tasty treats that we enjoy over the holidays can add up to extra pounds that you will have to deal with in the new year, if you are not careful.

Holiday weight gain is a serious problem for many women.  It is much more serious than simply not liking the way you look and/or not fitting into your clothes.  Overweight and obesity in women has been linked to higher risks for a variety of serious health problems and conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and breast cancer.

So, what are the tricks for maintaining your weight over the holidays?  There is no secret to it; it simply takes self-control and good planning.  If you are going to a holiday party where sweets and fatty foods will be served, snack on some almonds or cottage cheese before you go.  This will curb your appetite and make it easier for you to resist binging.  If you simply have to try something that is extremely fattening, try just a bite or a small portion.  Watch your alcohol intake at parties.  One glass of white wine can have up to 100 calories for a 4-ounce serving.  This can really add up fast. Lastly, make sure that you stay hydrated and get enough rest over the holidays.  This will also increase your ability to resist binging on fattening foods and drinks.

If you are already at your ideal weight, be careful to maintain it over the holidays.  If you are currently overweight or obese, talk to your doctor about how you can safely lose weight and increase your health.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.

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