The holidays are fast approaching and that means time for favorite family traditions. For those worrying about their weight gain, here are six simple tips for keeping off the holiday pounds.
The fall and winter holidays are full of fun get-togethers and, yes, fattening food that’s bad for everyone — particularly those with high cholesterol.
“Around the holidays, we tend to let ourselves go, and that’s the absolute worst thing you can do if you have a heart condition, high cholesterol, or blood pressure problems,” says Yazid Fadl, MD, MPH, a cardiologist with Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.
“In a single month you can eat all the wrong things at once, putting significant stress on your body,” he notes.
Though it’s easy to eat foods that are high in calories and saturated fats that can raise your cholesterol, adopting new lifestyle strategies can be almost as simple. Make a few small changes to ensure that your holidays are healthy, whether you’re trying to avoid weight gain, lower your blood pressure, limit saturated fats, or lower your
1. Watch the Calories and Fats in Beverages
It’s no surprise that a creamy full-fat eggnog is bad when you have high cholesterol, so avoid it whenever possible. But keep in mind that any sugary beverage or whipped-cream-laden after-dinner drink could pack on both calories and saturated fat, jeopardizing your low-cholesterol diet.