Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Five Main Reasons We All Gain Weight This Time of Year

People always start gaining weight this time of year, so DR. OZ put out a list of the five main reasons it happens . . . and what you can do about it. Here they are.

#1.) Not Enough Water. When it's hot out, we drink a lot without even thinking about it. But once it starts to cool down, we drink less. And the more water you drink, the less likely you are to snack. Maybe you've heard this before, but Dr. Oz thinks it's worth repeating: In one study, dieters who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water 20 to 30 minutes before each meal lost 40% more weight.

#2.) Less Time Outdoors. It's unavoidable once the days get shorter and the temperature drops. So you have to do more INDOOR activities . . . like going to the gym, or playing basketball at an indoor court.  Dr. Oz also suggests buying a pedometer . . . which measures how many steps you take in a day . . . so you'll know exactly how much you're moving.
#3.) Comfort Foods. You're more likely to eat baked goods, simply because more people start baking this time of year. And when you eat too much fat and sugar, it tricks your brain into thinking you still need food. Plus, instead of grilling on the barbecue . . . which is a fairly healthy way to cook . . . you eat more things like casserole and mashed potatoes.

#4.) Snacking on Junk Food. This one kind of goes hand-in-hand with "Comfort Foods," but it's different because it has a lot to do with one specific holiday: Halloween. It's only a month-and-a-half away, which means pretty soon everyone will have little bowls of bite-sized candy sitting around.  So pay attention to what you're eating between meals. And instead of candy, eat more healthy snacks, like apples and carrots.

#5.) Too Much Alcohol. It depends on what you're drinking, but every ounce-and-a-half of alcohol generally equals about 90 calories. So a few drinks can easily derail a diet. Dr. Oz says that if you're really serious about keeping your summer body, you should avoid alcohol COMPLETELY, and just drink water.


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