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Preventing Holiday Weight Gain, Nutritionists say merriment doesn’t have to lead to bulge - Source Connection News Papers

Posted on Dec 18,2012
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,

Nutrition experts say keeping healthy snacks on hand will help you resist the urge to load-up on sweets during the holidays. Photo by Marilyn Campbell.

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By Marilyn Campbell

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Festive holidays are filled with sweet treats from eggnog and cider to fruitcake and chocolate bonbons. Unfortunately, there’s a downside to consuming holiday treats: potential weight gain.

A recent study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases showed that during the holiday season, people who are overweight gain about five pounds, while those of normal weight gain one pound. The same study showed that most people never lose those pounds, and in fact, they accumulate over the years and could contribute to obesity.

Local nutrition experts underscore the importance of avoiding the slippery slope of holiday weight gain, and offer a few tools in the battle of the holiday bulge.

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