How to prevent gaining weight back during holidays?

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Question from Paramedic: I just lost 15 pounds. Could I really gain back 15 pounds after a month of holiday eating even though it took me 6 months to lose the weight? Give me a reality check.
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. First of all, congratulations on all of your hard work. You've lost 15 pounds — I say don't let the holidays and thoughtless eating ruin a good thing. I don't know if you'll gain back 15 pounds, it depends on how the holidays are determined. I think they start now as we're surrounded by candy with Halloween and it's a long stretch through New Year's. And Valentine's Day. Then St. Patrick's Day. And Easter.
Larissa Korde You clearly did something right to lose 15 pounds already so I would encourage you to continue what you're doing.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. I think a reasonable goal for during this stretch of parties and excessive food and candies is weight maintenance as opposed to continued weight loss.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answered your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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