I celebrate Hanukkah and my husband celebrates Christmas? Why am I telling you this? We both have big families and the food doesn’t stop for two weeks solid! I have worked hard all year to lose 24 pounds and I’m scared to gain back all the weight. Any ideas? -- P.D. Hollywood, Florida
Answer: Since you’ve had years to practice juggling holiday buffets (just like me) you can hoard the matzoh balls like a gerbil while you drive to the next house for some holiday turkey. For sure, the makers of Tums, Prilosec and Imodium are delighted this season because everyone has indigestion, heartburn or diarrhea.
I think it’s the holiday stress that causes us to indulge in feel-good foods. Eating rapidly is another contributor to the development of holiday love handles. When we eat fast, we don’t give our body enough time to release leptin which is an extremely important hormone released by fat cells. It acts like an appetite suppressant because it helps us feel full. Leptin tells you when to stop eating. But some people -especially the overweight- have resistance to the leptin signal. If your body doesn’t recognize leptin, you will keep eating and eating. So rule number one is to eat slowly, and wait 15 - 20 minutes after the first plate. Hopefully, you will feel full (thanks to leptin) and you won’t need a second helping. Here are a few other suggestions:
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