Tall Turkey Tales

Pretty soon, you’ll be knee deep in turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pumpkin pie. Yes, if it’s one thing you can count on it’s the holidays. Some of the best memories are created around the table; so don’t spend these precious times stressing over calories and weight gain. This 3-part blog series will help you glide through the holidays like a penguin on ice!

Contrary to how you may feel after next Thursday’s big feast, it’s impossible to gain weight in one sitting. The shift that you may see on the scale is due to an increase in blood volume, which typically happens after a large meal. Fear not! Your body carries a handy fluid regulating mechanism, called thefluid-electrolyte balance, which gets you back on track in no time.

Often, people associate this festive time of year with about a 5 to 8 lb. weight gain. Through research, the National Institutes of Health actually pinpoints that number at about 1 to 1.5 lbs. Yes, this is good news but don’t forget that if this happens every year, over time it can add up! Stay tuned next week for Turkey Day tips that will prevent this from happening ...

Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN


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