The holiday eating frenzy is about to begin and there are articles in the paper, the magazines, on SparkPeople, TV shows and all over the internet on how to avoid weight gain. Some people have a lot of discipline and can make it through without gaining any weight. That is not me; I am tempted and usually give in. Cookies anyone? Yes to another piece of pie?
So I read the articles and came up with suggestions which are listed below with links to articles. These are all great suggestions and I have used many of them to keep my weight under control most of the year or lose those pesky pounds that keep coming back. If it was easy to do any of the tasks on the list consistently I would be pounds lighter but making good choices and exercising is an everyday process. Some days it is easier than others.
Then I read this in a SparkPeople article:
“Indeed, studies show that weight tends to increase during the heart of the holiday season, which stretches from November to January. In fact, how much you weigh in October is likely the lightest you'll be all year, with most people seeing a steady climb through New Year's.”
Followed by reading that anything that happens in these 10 weeks, on average, takes about five months to come off which is May! Really?
The worst part of holiday weight management for me is always thinking about what I am eating, planning what to eat, saying no to foods I love, and trying to do it within the increased social activities and demands of the holidays. Again I usually give in and enjoy myself. Did someone say cornbread stuffing?
There is no way I can add anything new to my regular planning and it is hard to find the time to stay with my regular routines. I could hibernate for two months but I would miss the fun of the holidays. Keeping weight management simple and being practicable about exercise is the only way for me during the holiday frenzy. The best advice I read was
***It’s a whole lot better to make a resolution to gain less during the holidays instead of trying to come up with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.
***Stepping on a scale frequently during the holiday season helps to reaffirm how well you are staying with your plan. It motivates me to evaluate choices or get out for a walk.
***Handle slip-ups immediately don’t put off eating healthy until next year.
I am looking forward to a fun holiday season but I am committed to limiting the amount of weight I gain.
What do you do to have fun but still make it through the holiday season?
Suggestions for Dealing With Holiday Weight Gain From a Variety of Sources:
1. Don't let your workout schedule go by the wayside
2. Set a goal that you can accomplish in 90 days.
3. Find an exercise buddy
4. Get into a routine—like, yesterday.
5. Tackle exercise with a chilly challenge.
6. Lift weight instead of gaining it.
7. Change your food mindset.
8. Don't punish your stomach by cutting out food
9. Call for backup by working with a nutritionist
10. Set some snacking boundaries.
11. Embrace food-free celebrations.
12. Come prepared to parties.
13. Track your progress.
Other Suggestions and Strategies
Change your attitude, it is just another day
Create a walking tradition for after the big meal
Make reasonable food choices
Practice Mindful eating
Make lighter versions of favorite recipes