United Security Life and Health Life Insurance Offers Tips to Prevent Unhealthy Weight Gain During the Holiday Season

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United Security Life and Health Insurance Company offer an easy to follow guide to help avoid holiday weight gain this year.

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If you keep these helpful tips in mind, when you attend your next holiday gathering you will be armed with the tools needed to manage your calorie intake and avoid those extra holiday pounds.

Statistics show that the average American gains one to two pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. And although that does not seem like a lot, statistics also show that most Americans do not lose that weight. (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/holiday-foods-diet) Year after year, those extra pounds can add up and contribute to being overweight or obesity later in life. United Security Life and Health Insurance Company offer an easy to follow guide to help avoid holiday weight gain this year.

“With the already hectic schedules most Americans have, and then adding-in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, along with festive parties, healthy eating and exercise are usually the first things to go. The result unfortunately is unwanted and unhealthy extra pounds by the start of the New Year,” explained Leonard Hertko, M.D., Medical Advisor, United Security Life and Health. “No one wants to be on a strict diet over the holidays. We all want to enjoy the abundance of traditional favorite foods. This can be achieved with a little planning and keeping-in-mind a few healthy tips.”

Dr. Hertko offers the following tips this holiday season:

1.     Never go to a party hungry. It is important not to skip meals or go to a festive function on an empty stomach. If you do, you are more likely to overeat and consume extra calories.

2.    Watch your alcohol consumption. In addition to the dangers of consuming too much alcohol, drinks are loaded with empty calories that can add-up fast. Alcohol can expand your appetite since it causes an increase in the acid level in your stomach, which in turn makes you feel hungrier.

3.    Stay active. People who are more active during the holidays do not gain weight. It is important to squeeze at least 15 extra minutes of exercise into your day. This can easily be achieved by taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, taking the dog for a walk, or doing something active with your children. The point is, you want to balance your exercise level with your calorie consumption. By doing this, you will not gain that extra holiday weight.

4.    Keep your portions small. When going through the buffet line, do not load-up your plate with giant size portions. Smaller sized samples of your favorite foods will keep you satisfied and will help avoid that overstuffed, uncomfortable feeling.

5.    Make smart choices. To shave calories, go easy on the nuts, cheeses, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream. All of these foods are high in fat and will quickly increase your calorie intake. Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, both offer less calories and are healthier for you. Enjoy just one of your favorite desserts, and stay away from eating handfuls of cookies and other small desserts which you are more likely to over eat on.

Dr. Hertko concluded, “If you keep these helpful tips in mind, when you attend your next holiday gathering you will be armed with the tools needed to manage your calorie intake and avoid those extra holiday pounds. Obesity can lead to potentially serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. In addition, being obese can affect a person’s overall quality of life which can lead to depression.”

About United Security Life and Health Insurance Company:
USL&H is a regional insurance carrier that offers cancer, critical illness, accident hospital indemnity, disability income, and health and life insurance products to individuals and families. Founded in 1973, USL&H is licensed to sell its products in Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and Nebraska through a network of independent insurance agents. USL&H has named the Fisher House Foundation as its charitable partner for 2011. USL&H will be donating one dollar to the Fisher House Foundation for every new business policy that is written in 2011. Company employees will also participate in a variety of special fundraising events that will benefit the Fisher House. For more information on United Security Life and Health Insurance Company please visit the company’s website at http://www.uslandh.com.

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