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Chuck Norris takes a stand … against eggnog

Mr. Norris, sometimes I think the easiest way to stay fit through the holidays would be to leave the U.S. What do you do to overcome the yuletide yummy wars? – Dan S., in Maine

Researchers who questioned 2,000 Britons on their holiday travel and diet discovered that the following were the top seven destinations for weight gain over a two-week period. Those:

7 – Visiting Spain, Portugal and Africa gained an average of 6 pounds.

6 – Staying home for the holidays (in Britain) gained an average of 6.8 pounds.

5 – Visiting Greece, with its tavernas and authentic Greek cuisine, gained an average of 6.9 pounds.

4 – Visiting Italy, with its wine, cheese and pastas, gained an average of 7 pounds.

3 – Visiting France, with its wine, cheese and breads, gained an average 7.3 pounds.

2 – Visiting the Caribbean, with its all-inclusive resorts, gained an average 7.4 pounds.

1 – Visiting America – with its enormous portions, all-you-can-eat buffets and serial snacking – gained an average of 8 pounds.

I’m sure this study surprises few in the U.S. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, America becomes a minefield of munchies.

Whether you’re visiting our great country or a citizen of it, here are my Top 7 tips for navigating around our culture of calories at any holiday food festivity, especially those oft-invited Christmas parties:

As a bonus holiday health tip, remember that the more you stand over the holidays, the better off you’ll be. The journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise reported that scientists from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center – the nation’s leading obesity research center – proved that prolonged sitting increases the risks of heart disease and heart attack. On the other hand, standing aids digestion (with sugar and fat metabolism) and burns 60 more calories an hour compared to sitting.

Beyond all these things, keep in mind the health fact that I like to remind my wife, Gena, about every holiday season: According to Harvard Health Publications, watching football burns an additional 70 calories an hour!

For a more holistic medical approach, my wife, Gena, and I recommend Sierra Integrative Medical Center in Reno, Nev. The people there are pioneers in integrative medicine. They blend the best of conventional medicine with the best alternative therapies.

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