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Avoid the Weight Gain Blues

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by the experts at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals

This year, don't eat your way through the cold winter months. Avoid weight gain pitfalls with solid strategies to eat a balanced diet to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

A snug waistband or a higher number on the bathroom scale might be telling you it's time to make changes to your current eating habits. Try these tips to avoid winter weight gain:

  • Eat your vegetables.
  • Exercise at least three times each week. The recommendation for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 is 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
  • Limit portions and frequency of high-calorie comfort foods.
  • Plan a vacation somewhere warm.
  • Sip hot tea, not hot chocolate.
  • Wear fitted clothes to curb overeating.
  • Weigh regularly.

A healthy eating plan includes at least seven to nine servings of fruit and vegetables each day, fat free or low-fat dairy foods, beans, fish, lean meat, poultry, and whole grains. Foods with added sugar, cholesterol, sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat should be eaten in limited amounts.

To take a truthful look at your eating habits, write down everything you eat for one day and look at the calories and nutritional value of each food choice. Making changes to eat healthier food can improve your mood and your body's ability to fight disease.

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