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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

Many believe that gaining weight is inevitable during the holidays but I disagree. In case you missed my blog on vitamin D and weight loss, here are my top five tips for preventing weight gain during the holidays.

# 1  Get daily sun exposure but not enough to cause sunburn, preferably in the early morning hours, and take 800 to 1200 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Higher doses can carry side effects and so far research studies don't show bigger benefits.

# 2  Exercise regularly, even when you're busy. If you'll be traveling, take your athletic shoes along so you can exercise anywhere, even if you only have time for a brisk 30-minute walk.

# 3  Eat protein, healthy fat, and fiber at every meal.

# 4  Minimize your intake of sweets, starches, caffeine, and alcohol.

# 5  Get plenty of sleep and keep a regular schedule as much as you can.

Once the holidays are over, schedule an appointment with your naturopathic doctor to address the environmental aspects of weight gain.

More than 400 chemicals from the environment have been found in human blood and fat tissue and many of them have been linked to weight gain and obesity, as well as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, infertility, depression, Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer.

Let your naturopathic doctor tailor a detox program to meet your individual needs and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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