(WTNH)– What are the facts about holiday overeating and what can we do about them? Imran Ali MD, MS Resident Physician Internal Medicine of Bridgeport Hospital Yale-New Haven Health tells us the do’s and don’ts.
- Do we really gain more weight over the holidays?
Not as much as you would think, if you ask the average person they would say on average 5 pounds, but this actually has been studied and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, We actually only on average gain 1 pound, but in your already overweight folks yes there is a 5 pound gain. So what do you do? Its all about portion control and finding alternatives.
- Can we just exercise more to burn off the calories?
Well in theory yes but it is much easier and been proven to work when you control portion sizes. For example, walking for 1 mile can burn approximately 100 calories. 4 ox of Turkey is about 323 calories, so it would require more than 3 miles of walking to burn it off.
- What About Stress during the Holidays with making sure all the presents are wrapped etc?
Stress can actually affect your weight, it can cause weight gain. According to a study in the American Heart Association’s Circulation Most Heart Attacks happen around the mid December to January time more than anytime of the year. It’s actually called Holiday Heart Syndrome where you get irregular heart beats.
For more health tips or to learn more about Dr. Ali, please visit his website at www.imranyali.com. He also hosts a radio show called Radio Rounds where he interviews influential doctors and explains complicated medical concepts to his listeners and is currently working on a blog called “Outlook in Medicine” where he discusses breakthroughs in current medicinal research and breakaways from conventional medical thinking.