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Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthorne Offering Holiday Weight Loss Tips Jan. 11 At YMCA


Now that the party-packed holidays are behind us, there’s no excuse for overindulging.

Most people pay for the increased celebrating by gaining the “seasonal seven” – or an estimated seven pounds gained between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

If you’re one of those enthusiastic revelers, Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthorne of the Women’s Center of Greeneville will suggest helpful ways to shed the post-holiday weight gain Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the YMCA. The event is free and open to the public.

“The new year is an excellent time to start over with your diet,” she said.

Here are a few of Dr. Hawthorne’s weight loss suggestions:

·        Drink plenty of water – People often mistake thirst for hunger. Next time you feel like eating, drink some water first. Drink a lot while you eat; it adds volume to your meal.

·        Set realistic goals – Don’t try to lose all your weight at once. One to two pounds a week is doable.

·        Eat more often – Light, frequent meals curb your appetite, boost your energy and even speed your metabolism, since the process of digestion itself burns calories.

·        Count to 10 – Most cravings only last about 10 minutes. So before giving into your urge, find something else to do for at least 10 minutes – return emails, clean the bathroom, anything that gets you out of the kitchen.

Dr. Hawthorne is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with the Women’s Center of Greeneville. She is a fellow with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.

She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where she also performed her internship and residency.