With Thanksgiving and the holiday season almost upon us, many of us are looking forward to spending time with family and friends and enjoying delicious meals and desserts. While this time of the year can bring lots of joy, it can also bring the dreaded holiday weight gain. According to the American Dietetics Association, on average, Americans gain about two pounds over the holiday season (Weight Watchers says 7-10lb!). While this may not seem like much, this weight typically sticks and will accumulate over time.
Weight can impact your health in many ways, including the health of your bones and joints. When a person is even slightly overweight, it can add stress to their joints, especially their weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips. For example, every pound of weight gained puts an extra three to five pounds of pressure on knee joints.
Elle Wittneben, RD, CSOWM, LDN, offers the following advice to keep you on track and avoid putting on extra pounds this holiday season.
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the holiday season!
Festive Winter Salad
Add ingredients to a large bowl in order of listing. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may choose to double or triple the recipe!