Are you trying to maintain a healthy body weight (or even lose weight), but finding it hard this time of year? You’re not alone! I work with people to help them lose weight and live healthier. Here are some of the biggest holiday hang-ups I hear around the holidays, and some tips to help you overcome them.
“I can’t resist all the leftover Halloween candy.” If you still have candy sitting around, the first step is to get it out of sight. Toss it, send it to troops overseas or even hide it in the back of the freezer and take out individual pieces as occasional treats. You are much less likely to over-eat if it isn’t sitting in a candy jar right on your counter top.
On the day-of the holiday, like Christmas or Thanksgiving, “I want to try a bit of everything.” My recommendation: select just your favorites. Be a food snob – if you don’t absolutely love it, don’t bother! Fill your plate just once, and build it according to AICR’s New American Plate: 2/3 vegetables, fruit and whole grains and 1/3 lean protein.
One of the biggest hang-ups I hear is that there are “constantly cookies, cakes, chocolates and other treats in the office.” Continue reading
Can you be obese and healthy — at least metabolically healthy? Probably not, suggests the latest review of the research, which finds even people who are metabolically healthy and obese are at increased risk for an earlier death and risk for cardiovascular disease.
The study — published in the Annals of Internal Medicine — did not look at cancer specifically, but metabolic health is a big topic in cancer risk these days.
Many signs of poor metabolic health are factors for increased cancer risk, as well as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
If you read this blog you probably know that the heavier you are, the more your risk increases for many cancers, including postmenopausal breast, colorectal, and pancreatic. And obesity brings metabolic issues. Continue reading
Obesity and heart disease is making headlines again today with a major new analysis on how overweight and obese people can cut their risk of the disease.
Coming a week after the release of new obesity guidelines, both pieces of news highlight how a lifestyle that prevents heart disease also prevents cancer. Obesity and overweight is a cause of seven cancers.
Today’s analysis, published in The Lancet, suggests that overweight and obese people can cut their risk of a heart attack by almost half by reducing their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, even if they don’t lose weight. They can lower their risk for stroke even more, about 75 percent.
But even with these risk factors under control, if you are overweight or obese, you are still probably at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke compared to someone at a healthy weight.
In last week’s release of new guidelines for heart health, much of the news — and controversy — focused on the statin recommendations. But there were also new guidelines Continue reading