7 Fall Fat Traps to Avoid

Watch out for these autumnal calorie bombs.

7 Fall Fat Traps to Avoid

Every year, it seems there are more and more pumpkin-spice flavored treats popping up. While we all know that the ever-popular pumpkin spice lattes are loaded with sugar, you may not be aware of all the fall flavored foods you’re bombarded with—like maple, apple, chai spice—that contain high amounts of fat, calories, and sugar. Due to the seasonality of these food items, you may feel like you have to indulge now before red and green sprinkles cover everything in sight. On your quest for fall-flavored treats, watch out for these seven offenders.

More: Dr. Oz's Favorite Fall Foods

Hot Fall Drinks

You’ve probably transitioned from cold brew coffee to a hot beverage this fall, but if you start drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, chai lattes, hot chocolate, apple cider, maple pecan lattes, or cinnamon or caramel flavored beverages daily, those excess calories and fat grams in some of the drinks will add up quickly. If you want to enjoy the fall flavors with a hot beverage, consider starting with a flavored ground coffee and adding a little bit of honey, or sipping an apple, pumpkin, or chai-flavored tea.

Watch: The Real Story Behind Your Pumpkin Spice Latte

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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