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Heartland residents look to maintain, not gain over holidays

Some residents in the Heartland say it can be a challenge to maintain your weight or even lose a few pounds between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. Some residents in the Heartland say it can be a challenge to maintain your weight or even lose a few pounds between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many people might be looking for those extra lose pants.

However, that extra weight people might put on this holiday season will likely stick with you.

"The actual average American gains about 1 to 5 to 7 pounds somewhere around there and that's what they typically keep," Christina Paige said, the Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at the Osage Centre. "A lot of times they gain a little bit more than that but a lot of times they lose a couple of pounds but they keep about 1 to 5 that seven rage somewhere in there."

Some residents in the Heartland say it can be a challenge to maintain your weight or even lose a few pounds between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.

"I like sweets and sweet potato pie you know everything like that," Nick Ellis said.

Paige said traditional Thanksgiving food like turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes aren't necessarily that bad for you.

Paige said it's how we eat them that's the problem.

"We're constantly adding the sugar, the pecans, all different types of marshmallows, fun sweeteners, cream, and that's what we need to be careful about," Paige said. "Because we look at this and say 'oh I'm eating a healthy green bean casserole.' But then you have to remember it's got all that mushroom soup it's got those yummy fried onion toppings."

Nick knows it's food like this that can really ruin a waistline.

That's one of the reasons he's at the gym before he has to loosen his belt this week.

"Even if you're just in here, at least you're in here working something, whether it's your legs, your back, your abs or whatever cardio, you just need to work. If you want to keep it off you have to work."

Paige offers the following advice to make sure you don't ruin your waistline this holiday season.

  • Try getting your heart beat up after you eat.
  • Don't skip out on breakfast because you'll end up eating way more then you want to.
  • And at that big meal, just take spoonfuls of everything you want, so that way you don't over eat but are still satisfied.

Paige reminds us it's all about moderation.

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