During the holidays, many people struggle with the ongoing challenge of healthy eating. The average American gains one to two pounds every year between Halloween and New Year’s Day. Here are some tips for enjoying holiday festivities without expanding your waistline:
- Plan activities that don’t focus on food and try to incorporate movement into each day
- You can still savor a slice of pumpkin pie, but serve yourself smaller portions of foods that are high in fat and sugar content.
- Try new recipes with dark, leafy greens, squashes and root vegetables that the whole family can enjoy.
- Choose boiled shrimp or veggies and dip instead of cheese or fried foods. And watch your intake of fat and “empty calories” that can be found in sweets, eggnog and dressing.
- If you drink alcohol, limit to one alcoholic drink for women or two drinks for men, then switch to water. Alcohol is high in calories.
Studies show that significant weight loss can greatly reduce or eliminate obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. If you are struggling to lose weight, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center offers surgical and non-surgical weight-loss options that can also provide benefits to overall health. Our staff will help you decide the weight loss option that is right for you and your weight loss goals.
Resolve to Make a Change
If weight loss and healthy eating are part of your 2021 resolutions, Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery is here to help. The center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program and offers:
- Therapeutic diet education for chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and heart disease
- Nutrition counseling for weight management
- Bariatric surgery, nutrition and insurance consultations
- Weekly meetings with a nurse practitioner
- Monthly support groups and health education classes
- Lab testing
- Optional B12 injections