People trying to avoid putting on the pounds during the holidays have many options, according to health and fitness expert Sherry Pagoto, PhD. Dr. Pagoto, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of medicine at UMass Medical School, shared lots of clever—and even fun—tips to eat, drink and be merry without gaining weight when she hosted a @UMassMedNow Twitter chat (#UMassMedChat) on the topic.
Noting that most annual weight gain occurs in the months of November and December, Pagoto’s top tips in response to questions about how not to tip the scales this holiday season include:
Twitter chat participants also weighed in with what works for them.
“I try and stay active over the holidays –running (even in the snow), circuit training, just playing outside with the kids!” tweeted Lani Yearicks@armytbonegirl.
“I eat a large veggie salad or soup before holiday parties so I am not super hungry,” wrote Julie@PTrunningmomof4.
“Buying a food scale was the smartest decision I made during this season,” opined 300PoundsAndRunning@300lbsandrunnin.
Read the full chat for more ideas from Pagoto and her followers on Twitter @UMassMedNow, @DrSherryPagoto and #umassmedchat.
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