Friday, December 16, 2011

WAIT! Weight...

Okay, this is a quickie blog entry, but here's the deal: I can count on one hand the number of patients that I have seen this month that have NOT gained weight. Yes, the average American gains around 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, but this is not something we should be proud of! It is also a "tradition" to put weight LOSS at the top of everyone's New Year's Resolution list, right?

So, do yourself a favor, and simply pull out the scale today and step on it. And look at the number. This is NOT to chastise you or to make you feel bad, but to give you a quick reality check. If you are part of the majority who has been happily indulging in little extras at work, school, and parties this season, just be AWARE of that- and try not to add on between now and the end of the year. Kick up your exercise a notch, and remember these few party tips:

1. Eat something healthy before you go- grab a Honey Crisp apple (they are in season and delicious!) or a salad, or whatever healthy choice you have handy. Just do not walk in STARVING.

2. Start with a glass of water when you walk in to the party. Hosts love to hand out wine or champagne as you enter, which is lovely, but ask for a glass of water "to start".

3. At a buffet, fill your first plate with healthy choices, THEN go back and have your dessert sampler.

BOTTOM LINE: Let's step on the scale TODAY so we are NOT increasing our..."bottom line".

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