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The Bottom Line
The bottom line, the experts say, is to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle both in and outside of the fall/winter feasting season. Constant weight gains and losses can be harmful to your health and your psyche.
The best way to survive the feasting season? Keep in mind that celebrations are really about family and friends -- not food.
"We need to instill in our social events that balance, moderation, and variety are key to better health," Clemens says.
Published Nov. 4, 2005.
Medically reviewed October 31, 2007.
SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics web site. Bethany Thayer, RD, spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association. Roger A. Clemens, DrPH, food science expert, Institute of Food Technologists. Amy Schmid, MA, RD, program director of nutrition communication, Dairy Council of Nebraska. Janet R. Laubgross, PhD, clinical psychologist specializing in weight management, Fairfax, Va. Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist, American Council on Exercise. Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE, president of health care and education, American Diabetes Association.
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