Ditching the Holiday Weight Gain

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Overindulgence

The giving season has arrived! Christmas music rules the radio, wreaths dress our doors and Christmas trees glow through frosted windows. As families prepare for this year’s holiday season, kitchens everywhere will begin to smell of cinnamon, freshly baked cookies and every dangerously sweet treat we avoided so carefully all year long. Continue reading “Ditching the Holiday Weight Gain”

5 Ways to Rein in Holiday Weight Gain

SubscribeButton-webholiday weight gainWhile the holidays aren’t the best time to kick off a weight loss program, you certainly can hold steady — and still enjoy the goodies the season has to offer. Just follow five simple “rein-it-in-dear rules” and you’ll be able to wear the same size pants from the beginning of December to the very end. Continue reading “5 Ways to Rein in Holiday Weight Gain”

All Fat Is Not Created Equal

Now that the holidays are over, some of us may be finding our bellies a bit bigger than they were a few weeks ago. And while a jelly belly may have looked cute on Santa, it can signal increased risk for health problems in the rest of us — starting with metabolic syndrome. Extra weight around the middle is more dangerous than fat around your hips and thighs. Belly fat, which is visceral fat, is associated with inflammation and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
All fat is not equal. Subcutaneous fat is found all over our body, but is most noticeable on the hips and thighs. It’s the protective wrap over the body just under the outer layer of skin. Continue reading “All Fat Is Not Created Equal”