December Get Fit Newsletter

by HomeTownPT, December 19, 2013

This month’s newsletter, we’ll be spending more time talking about nutrition, but don’t put off exercising!  As this article suggests, the average weight gain over the holidays is around a pound and a half.  While that doesn’t sound like much, most people don’t lose that weight, and in fact just add to it year after year.  There are several websites that are great for tracking your meals and developing a plan for surviving the holidays with your weight intact.

According to a National Weight Control Registry study, the most successful dieters that not only lose weight, but keep it off, have the following in common:

* Eating breakfast regularly.

* Walking about an hour a day.

* Tracking food intake, calories and fat grams.

* Limiting eating out and food variety, with little splurging.

* Watching fewer than 10 hours a week of TV.

* Weighing yourself at least weekly.

* Averaging about 1,800 calories a day, less than 30% from fat.

So, with that in mind, here are some great sites to track your daily intake.  Some of these sites also have great resources on exercise as well. is a free site to track your meals as well as exercise. is another free site with a huge database of foods as well as community page for encouragement and support. is yet another site for health, exercise, and nutrition information. is a paid site, but offers software to track your diet as well as support and advice.

The recipe of the month is a tradional holiday treat: Gingerbread cookies by Paula Deen.  It is a great recipe to have the whole family help with, just make sure to not overcook them!

Have a safe, healthly, and fun holiday season!