Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Thanksgiving dinner table with turkey, gravy, stuffing, and potatoesVarious studies have shown that we typically gain one to two pounds over the holiday season. These numbers may not seem like much, but over a five-year span, the holidays can contribute five to ten pounds of permanent weight gain.

While it’s understandable that most people don’t follow strict diet regimens in November and December, there are some simple things that can be done to avoid gaining weight over the holidays. However, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why many people gain weight to help understand this occurrence.

Reasons for Weight Gain Over the Holidays

Your Schedule Lightens Up

Throughout the year, most people are bombarded with working and caring for their families. Around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, three- or four-day weekends become common, encouraging a less active lifestyle and an overindulgence in eating.

You’re Stressed

While the holiday season typically presents some very fun and exciting times, the days leading up to the festive events can be stressful. Stress often causes people to “let loose” and eat more comfort foods than they usually do.

Endless Food Is Available

From little snacks like cheese and crackers to the main courses (turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes), the food options and quantities are almost endless. With the wide variety of food just an arm’s length away, consuming more food is nearly inevitable.

The Weather Is Colder

The cooler weather in the fall and winter seasons forces you to wear more layers of clothing. This allows you to cover certain parts of your body that you are unhappy with, making you feel less guilty about overeating.

Now that you know the common reasons why weight is usually gained during the holidays, here are some tips for avoiding it.

Use Smaller Plates

This one’s simple: smaller plates = less food.

Eat Plenty of Fiber

Fiber-rich foods are not only filling, but they digest slower than foods that are higher in fats and carbohydrates. Try to eat plenty of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables with each holiday meal.

Give Yourself Time to Feel Full

Before heading back to the table for a second helping of food, give your body at least 15 minutes for your food to digest.

Limit Alcoholic Beverages

Aside from the added calories that cocktails, beer, and wine add to your diet, they can also cause you to lose your inhibitions and eat irresponsibly.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season. For all of your cosmetic surgical procedures and treatments, please contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery by calling (703) 287-8277 or filling out our online contact form. Dr. Mesbahi and his caring staff look forward to seeing you soon!

Eliminate Your Turkey Neck!

Two turkeysThe term “turkey neck” is used to describe the appearance of sagging skin and excess fat deposits on the neck.

This condition typically occurs due to a combination of the following factors:

  • Natural aging
  • Gravity
  • Excessive weight gain/loss

While you may have heard, or even tried anti-aging creams and neck exercises to stave off a turkey neck, these things don’t always produce lasting and satisfiable outcomes. For this reason, Dr. Mesbahi regularly performs neck lift surgery for men and women who wish to eliminate their turkey neck and achieve a rejuvenated appearance with long-lasting results.

What is a Neck Lift?

Also known as a “lower rhytidectomy,” a neck lift improves the appearance of the neck and jaw line by:

  • Removing excess fat and skin in the lower face (jowls) and under the chin
  • Tightening the muscles in the neck
  • Reducing the appearance of vertical neck bands
  • Restoring definition to the jawline

How is it Performed?

Dr. Mesbahi restores a youthful appearance to the neck by making inconspicuous incisions under the chin and in the creases in front of and behind the ears. Dr. Mesbahi removes excess fat and skin and tightens the neck muscles to provide slender and more youthful neck contours.

Are the Results Long-Lasting?

While there is no way to halt the natural aging process, the results from neck lift surgery are expected to be permanent. For longer-lasting results, it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

As you get ready to enjoy dinner with your friends and family this holiday season, be sure that your neck doesn’t look like a turkey. To schedule your consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alex Mesbahi, feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to seeing you soon!