weight gain

  1. Holiday weight is easier to gain than lose

    Send holiday pounds packing – BEFORE you pack them on

    If your holiday season begins with pumpkin spice lattes and ends with chocolate crème eggs… and in between is a blur of mashed potatoes, cookies, cakes, and champagne… you know all about that “holiday weight gain.

    Except, for you, “the holidays” aren’t just a couple of celebratory days at the end of the year. They might actually span more than half the year!

    You may think that it’s no big deal – because once the New Year hits, you tell yourself, you’ll be back on the wagon and those festive pounds will melt away in no time.

    Not so fast – because a new study that monitored weight gain throughout the year for Americans, Europeans, and Asians found that taking it off is a LOT harder than putting it on.

    In fact, in the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the volunteers ended up keeping up to HALF of the weight they had gained.

    You’ve probably experienced something similar: You start out strong right out of the gate after your New Year’s resolutions kick in, but then you lose steam before you shed all those extra pounds.

    And next thing you know, it’s the holidays again.

    That can explain why we’re getting bigger and bigger every year.

    As Halloween approaches and we’re already knee-deep in fall treats, now is a good time to start arming yourself with strategies to participate in the fun, without overdoing it.

    • Make exercise a part of your holiday fun. Next week, offer to take the grandkids trick-or-treating to get a good walk around the neighborhood
    • Start a new family tradition. Walk off the Thanksgiving meal instead of giving in to your “food coma.”
    • Focus on fresh, natural foods of the season. Holiday traditions are not all about sugary treats. Celebrate the season’s bounty by enjoying roasted meats, homemade soups, winter squashes, beets, kale, and cranberries.

    The Paleo Diet can help you rethink holiday cooking, and highlight the best of the cold-weather harvest. A high protein diet is proven to keep hunger at bay – so go ahead and enjoy the Thanksgiving turkey, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and the Christmas goose.

    But skip out on the flour-laden gravies, the mashed potatoes, and the breadcrumb stuffing – because cutting out starches will help you stay lean (and keep diabetes at bay, to boot).

    And instead of counting calories, try counting bites to keep the joyful season from weighing you down permanently!

    Just make sure your bites aren’t of something in a pie crust – because you’ve got to cut out the sugars, too.

  2. Nighttime eating leads to overeating

    Beware of the were-pig

    Forget werewolves. What you really need to worry about are were-pigs -- and unlike werewolves, were-pigs are real.

    You might even be one yourself.

    That's when you stay up late and pig out on junk, junk, junk all night long -- and if that's ever happened to you, don't feel too bad.

    You're not the only were-pig out there.

    It happens to nearly everyone at night, with one new study finding that people consume an average of 550 extra calories a night when they stay up late -- and those calories are almost entirely made of snacks.

    That's not just a little extra food. That's practically an entire meal, made entirely of chips, cakes, crackers and other junk you shouldn't be eating at all -- and it has an almost immediate effect on the waistline: After just five nights of snacking, the were-pigs in the new study gained an average of 2.2 pounds each.

    And that's not even the worst of it.

    The new study was performed in a sleep lab, which was stocked with nasty hospital food.

    In your own home, with a cupboard full of chips and cookies -- or at a night job with vending machines stocked with candy bars and Pop Tarts -- the calories could add up even faster.

    And next thing you know, you're not just a were-pig. You're a full-time oinker.

    In the old movies, the wolfman would ask a trusted friend to lock him in a room so he wouldn't come out and kill everyone. But if you're worried about your inner were-pig, you don't have to lock yourself up.

    Lock up the snacks instead. Or, better yet, keep them out of your home in the first place.

  3. How sugar leads to weight gain

    New research proves the obvious: Eating more sugar will cause you to gain weight, while eating less will help you to lose it.
  4. Are greenhouse gases making you fat?

    Gaining weight? Don't blame your own lousy habits -- blame global warming instead!
  5. The obesity virus: don't believe the hype

    Could a virus be to blame for the ballooning on the American public at large? According to a recent study, that could be the case.
  6. Changing the "spare tire" syndrome

    And now, there's even more evidence backing up the real, undeniable link between breadstuffs and belt-size - a cause-and-effect correlation I've been crowing about at the top of my lungs since before the age of disco.

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