Prevent ‘Winter Waistline’ With Tips From The Urban Housecall Doctors

African American holiday dinnerThe holiday season can be a challenging time for your waistline. Office parties, traditional holiday meals, snacking and drinking make it easy to pack on the pounds. However, there is good news. According to Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, MD and Dr. Karla L. Robinson, MD, holiday weight gain is preventable.

“The good news is that weight gain is preventable and statistics show that it’s only about a pound or two that we gain this time of year,” say the Robinsons. “However, the bad news is that we never shed those pounds, and each year we accumulate more weight during the holiday season.”

The Robinsons—who founded Urban Housecall, a multimedia health, and wellness platform – are committed to providing practical tools to help individuals achieve, reclaim, and maintain health. Here are 4 of their top tips to help us all avoid packing on the pounds and expanding our waistline this holiday season:

Keep a log of everything you eat. The food choices we make change when we hold ourselves accountable for every calorie we are consuming. Studies show that people who write down or log everything they eat and drink lose twice as much weight as people who don’t. And it doesn’t matter how you log it—scrap paper or a mobile app. What is important is that you maintain the record.

Don’t get too hungry. We often save our appetite for the big holiday meal and end up overeating. The typical holiday feast can be close to 5,000 calories or more while the average recommended calorie intake is only around 2,000 calories per day. Light snacks throughout the day will prevent you from going overboard at mealtime.