It’s the time of year where everyone puts on a little weight. Holidays are in full blown effect and no one is thinking about the weight that can and is being gained. Aside from all the sweets and heavy food here are several ways extra weight gain can sneak up on you, and some adjustments with your possible battles.

  1. Falling for “diet” food: Low-fat-products entice people to eat more than they should. People assume that low-fat foods have fewer calories, which isn’t always true. According to a 2006 study in the journal of Marketing Research, participants underestimated the calorie content of “low fat” chocolates by about 50 percent, on average. So it’s important to read the Nutrition Facts labels on products.
  2. Sleeping less than 6 hours: A lack of shut-eye can cause an increase in the normal ghrelin, which tells your brain that you’re hungry. It also causes a drop in the leptin, the hormone responsible for signaling when you’re full. The dual reaction might be stronger in people who are dieting. This can sabotage the weight-loss efforts, according to a new review of studies in the journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  3. Letting your cabinets overflow: If your pantry look like it can serve 15, its times to trim down your shopping list. Another study in the journal of Marketing Research concluded that stock piling groceries often means more food is left outside of the cabinets, causing people to see more and consume it quickly.
  4. Racking up screen time: Research has found that the more you sit the more you’re likely to gain weight. That seems to be true even for people who get prescribed 150 minutes a week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Office jobs often require lots of desk time, so take walking” breaks and cut down on after-work and weekend use of television and computer.
  5. Distorting Portions: Larger bowls, packages, and servings can lead you to eat more than what is appropriate according to 2011 study in the journal of consumer Research. To eat and drink less, try using smaller cups, serving dishes and utensils.

There is possible solution for everything, however not everything suggested may work for everyone. If any additional help is needed as to diet choices, exercise, etc feel free to ask the doctors at South Orange Chiropractic Center for recommendations.

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