Thursday, December 26, 2013

Losing weight after the holidays

Along with quitting smoking, losing weight is one of two popular New Year’s resolutions.  Two campuses of the University of Alabama have advice on this topic that I originally included in Overnight News Digest on Daily Kos.

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Skip the fat talk and go directly to model behavior to avoid fights
By Nicole Wyatt
Friday, December 06, 2013
Politics and religion are considered unsafe topics of conversation at holiday dinners and parties, and experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say avoiding another topic — weight — can help everyone be more merry and bright.

“People might gain weight during the five-to-six weeks of the holiday season, but the reality is most will not put on a substantial amount in that time period,” said Josh Klapow, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Public Health.

A clinical psychologist, Klapow says discussing weight should be avoided during the holidays, even if opinions are rooted in concerns for a loved one’s health. Bringing it up will likely only cause hurt feelings.
University of Alabama: UA Matters: How to Lose Weight in a Healthy Way
Dec 16, 2013
Losing weight tends to be a popular New Year’s resolution or goal. But there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to go about achieving that goal. The University of Alabama’s Sheena Quizon Gregg shares a few tips on how shake loose those extra pounds in a healthy way.
The advice:
  • Avoid Skipping Meals.
  • Make Your Meals Complete.
  • Take Time with Your Meals.
  • Make Friends with Veggies.
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Water.
  • Get Moving.
Here’s to those of you who wish to lose weight doing so safely and successfully.


  1. Proper diet is very important for the weight control. The Mineral Magnesium helps to convert food into energy. Unfortunately vitamins and minerals can only be sourced by food. This is the reason it is important to have a balanced diet, to ensure essential vitamins and minerals are met.
    There are many vitamins and minerals available, but it would be too long to describe each mineral and each vitamin. Below is a summary of the main vitamins and minerals that are popular at the moment.

    Kopi Luwak

    1. "Below is a summary of the main vitamins and minerals that are popular at the moment"--yeah, all the vitamins and minerals that are in coffee. Still, I like coffee, and your comment was a good attempt at being on-topic, so it stays.