Many of us will attend holiday parties, gatherings and prepare dinner for family and friends during the holiday season. It is tempting to want to eat everything savory in sight especially when food is served buffet style. For me, just remembering that this is the time of year when traditional favorites such as sweat potato pie, peach cobbler, home made cookies, lemon meringue pie , just to name a few, will be served. Who will be bringing which one of your favorite dishes to the party is exciting! We often tend to put on extra pounds during the holidays because these dishes, treats and desserts are usually prepared for only special occasions.

      According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) , most Americans never lose the weight gained during the winter holidays. If pounds add up year after year, weight gain is an important risk factor for obesity. Here are a few tips that may help you beat the Holiday Weight Gain. Drink a full glass of water before you eat your meal and fill up your plate. Use a small plate when choosing what you want to eat, which may help with portion control. Take a family walk before or after the meal to burn off a few calories. For more tips, go to, tovacares.blogspot.com to read 10 Ways to avoid Holiday Weight Gain. For more tips click on http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/10-ways-to-avoid-holiday-weight-gain#1 

                                        What Tips can help other Beat Holiday Weight Gain?

                                                                 Dr. Nina Anderson
TOVA Community Health
Sickle Cell Specialty Center
Wilmington, DE
(302) 655-6187 ext. 500

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