Statistics show that over 33% of our adult population is now obese and one in three children are overweight in America. Now, more than ever, it’s important that adults pay attention to their holiday eating habits and still enjoy themselves.
“When you know that you have a big holiday meal coming up, it is important to have something to eat during the day and not try fasting,” says Dr. Pickert. “A common misconception is that if you skip breakfast and lunch you will ‘save’ your calories for later.”
Dr. Pickert proposes the following tips on having a filling, but healthy, holiday feast and party season:
-Anticipate your weight by cutting down on fatty snacks before and after the holidays
-Eat small portions throughout the day before the big holiday meal or party
-Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to eat a lot
-Serve yourself a snack plate instead of picking out of bowls
-Serve yourself less food than you think you want
-Focus on lean protein: turkey, ham, roast beef and salad or vegetables
-Minimize high calorie, fat-laden foods
-Have one cookie or a thin slice of dessert – skip the bread!
-Continue exercising during the holidays and throughout 2013
With these simple tips, and others on Dr. Pickert’s website, adults can minimize and control holiday weight gain. Obesity related ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are affecting millions of people’s lives every day and costing our country billions of dollars in health related costs.
Many obese people feel powerless to stop their weight gain and spend billions of dollars on diet-related products that don’t work. Michael Pickert’s website and forth-coming book “I’m Michael and I WAS Fat” offers valuable insights into positive ways of combating obesity.
About Michael Pickert
Michael Pickert, M.D. is the author of the forth-coming book “I’m Michael and I WAS Fat.” Over the last year, he underwent a major transformation via bariatric surgery and painlessly lost 115 pounds. He found in his pre-operative research that there is a remarkable absence of psychological counseling specific to individuals with obesity problems contemplating surgery. After conducting research and speaking with hundreds of pre-operative and post-operative patients, he concluded that most were unaware of the critical lifestyle changes necessary for them to maintain their newfound weight-loss. Many doctors treat the effects of obesity without addressing the essential psychological causes. As a result, over half of bariatric patients fail; they are under-motivated or under-informed. “I'm Michael and I WAS Fat” is designed to change all that.
Dr. Pickert provides readers with a fresh perspective by illustrating key components necessary to achieve and maintain long-term weight-loss after surgery. With his self-effacing style and entertaining sense of humor, Pickert engages and challenges readers to understand themselves and recognize their obesity-triggering behaviors. He avoids subtlety because he believes there is nothing subtle about being obese (aka) FAT.