The holiday season will soon be upon us along with get-togethers with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it’s also a time for overeating and weight gain.
“On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holidays. While this weight gain isn’t dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years,” says Claudia P. Dumfeh, MD, an endocrinologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
“Mindless eating is a big part of the problem,” Dr. Dumfeh notes. “Luckily, you can avoid putting on extra pounds by planning ahead.” Here are a few simple strategies:
“Focus on the social aspect of the occasion. Spend time talking to your family and friends. Think about what you are celebrating, not just how good the food is. And after eating, get in some physical activity,” Dr. Dumfeh suggests. “It’s a great time to go for a walk or play a game of catch with the kids.”
Schedule an appointment using the phone number for the desired office location:
MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd
Bel Air, MD 21015