Between September 1st when the Halloween candy appears in stores, through Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, New Years and ending with Super Bowl Sunday in early February, Americans are faced with one over-eating occasion after another. Let’s face it, when families and friends get together, there’s usually delicious food involved, and even more leftovers to be enjoyed for the next few days. This period of the year is extremely challenging, because of how frequently these types of events occur.
The trick in this season is to focus on weight maintenance vs. weight loss. Maintenance of your present weight is a realistic goal, where you won’t sabotage yourself by actually enjoying the various holidays. Don’t set yourself up for failure by making unrealistic goals. Failure can negatively impact your self esteem.
In addition to not setting yourself up for failure, do not plan on dieting especially over New Years. Anticipation of food restriction sets yourself up for binge type eating over the holidays. Think about it, if you expect your diet to begin in December, and your sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner, would you not want to eat that extra slice of turkey knowing that your about to restrict your eating?
The average American gains 1-5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This is only a six week span! This is especially true for people who are already overweight, they gain on average 5 pounds. A recent evaluation also found that obese people experienced greater increases in body fat over the holiday season compared to people in the normal weight range!
The best rules you can follow for weight maintenance over the holidays:
– Continue to purchase healthy foods
– Control your portions where possible
– Eat on a regular schedule
– Don’t deprive yourself of Holiday Treats
– Get in your exercise
– Make it a priority to enjoy conversation with friends and family first, then your favorite holiday foods
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