Dr. Georges Jabaly offers suggestions to help you avoid unwanted holiday pounds

Wendy Cornett

The holidays and unwanted weight gain often go hand in hand.
“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) did a study and found a minimum 1-pound weight gain during the holiday time. But if the patient is overweight, the gain will be between 5 to 7 pounds,” said Dr. Georges Jabaly, founder and director of Dr. Jabaly Weight Loss in Toledo.
Other sources report similar findings, with expected holiday weight gains among those who are already overweight ranging from 5 to 10 pounds.
“People think of the holiday as being one day, but it’s really six weeks, from Thanksgiving until the New Year,” Dr. Jabaly said. “Wherever you go, there is food; there are cookies and sweets. And you cannot survive if you’re not equipped with the right tools.”
Try these tips from Dr. Jabaly to avoid unwanted pounds:
• Never arrive to a party hungry.
• Put your fork down between bites.
• Chew your food.
• Divert your attention from the food by talking to friends and family.
• Limit alcohol consumption.
• Walk it off; try to get some exercise.
Weight gained during the winter is exceptionally difficult to lose, Dr. Jabaly added.
“The NIH and a few other sources say that when a patient gains weight in the winter, they cannot lose it in the spring or summer. The pounds keep stacking up.”
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