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We all can avoid holiday weight gain

Staff Report • Nov 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

’Tis the season to gain weight. Thanksgiving, which is just a week away, marks the beginning of a holiday eating binge for many Americans.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the average American will consume as many as 7,100 calories during a typical Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. It’s no wonder many of us typically gain between 5 and 7 pounds during the holidays.

There are things you can do to battle the bulge. The best way to start is to take steps to avoid packing on the additional holiday pounds. They include:

Maintain a normal exercise regiment. Don’t skip your regular trip to the gym or walk through the neighborhood.

A good way to start is to participate in Johnson City’s 7th Annual Up & At ‘Em Turkey Trot Family Fun Run & Road Race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Legion Street Recreation Center. Go to jcturkeytrot.org to sign up for the event. Early registration ends Friday.

Be more careful about what you eat when you attend a holiday event. Just because 15 different desserts are available doesn’t mean you have to sample them all.

Avoid mindless snacking. If you are carrying on a conversation with another person, go sit down somewhere instead of grazing around the snack trays.

Limit your alcohol consumption. While it’s never wise to partake of alcohol on an empty stomach, too much holiday cheer can lead to overeating.

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