Surviving the Holiday party season

Whether it’s the office party or another Holiday social event it’s a given there will be something to eat. Usually it’s a smorgasbord of many different food items, ranging from a broccoli and carrot plate with dipping sauce, to deep fried cheese, and you can fill in the rest. It can be tricky tying not to pack on a few pounds this time of the year.

One thing that can help is to recognize that your body gauges fullness by the volume of food in your stomach. Understanding this allows you to actually eat more while taking in fewer calories by choosing foods based on their energy density…


Avoid putting on those extra holiday pounds

It’s commonly thought that the typical holiday weight gain is around 5 pounds. In reality, it’s probably less. The catch, though, is that even a small holiday weight gain is seldom lost — adding to the cumulative weight gain that happens over time for most adults. Between the colder weather, shortened daylight hours, and seemingly endless indulgent holidays (from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day), there’s no question that winter creates a perfect storm for weight gain.

Gratitude and your health


  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.
  • More than 40 million green bean casseroles are served on Thanksgiving.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans did not eat cranberries. They did, however, find them extremely useful for dying fabric and decorating pottery.
  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour.

How to speed up your metabolism during winter months

How to speed up your metabolism during winter months

Most Americans appear to only gain about 1 lb of body weight during the holidays on average. This figure is based on the most commonly-cited research, a 2000 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that followed 165 racially diverse Americans whose average age was 39 and whose average weights reflected those found in the general U.S. population, from the pre-holiday period through the post-holiday period.

How to handle the big Thanksgiving meal

How to handle the big Thanksgiving meal

I’m always amazed at the advice given by the experts concerning the big meal served Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here’s an example I read recently. “Your mission: Get through T-Day without consuming a week’s worth of calories. Your opponent: Pushy, plus-size Aunt Ruth, who passes you the smoked-bacon stuffing and cheesy mashed potatoes. Your game plan: Pile on the vegetable sides, add a little white meat. Then, put a small scoop of sweet potatoes or stuffing smack-dab on top. This will give the illusion that your plate is loaded with the high-calorie feast, when in reality, your meal is a healthier low-cal meal.”

Now, here’s how America’s Fitness Coach feels about that advice…