There are so many numbers we can throw around as to how much the average American gains from Halloween to January 1st. Some say five to ten pounds, some say four to eight pounds, and a well documented recent study claimed that the weight gain was actually only a pound. My firsthand experience as a fitness professional has told me that the average is around five pounds. In a study done by the Energy Metabolism Lab, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA the conclusion was drawn that the average American gains only one pound during the holidays, but here's the catch: the weight stayed with them for the rest of their lives. This can contribute to that sentiment that "my metabolism has just slowed down as I get older".
Of course, this weight gain (whatever the actual amount may be) always couples with a decreased fitness level due to a more sedentary "festive" lifestyle. I can sit here and tell you that for your weight loss success, you absolutely must feel a sense of progress at all times, but during the holidays maintenance is certainly acceptable. Enough with the scare tactics, here are my top ten tips to avoid holiday weight gain!
1. Eat a healthy meal before going to holiday parties.
This will help stabilize your blood sugar levels which will help you resist the urge to overindulge in the sweets (and other treats). You can make justifications in your mind, but deep down you know what overindulgence looks and feels like!
2. Don't drink alcohol in excess.
Not only does alcohol pack a caloric punch, it also lowers inhibitions, making you more likely to eat a ton.
3. Keep working out this holiday season!
One of the reasons people get more stressed out during the holidays is because of a sheer lack of exercise. Keeping up with your routine will make it so much easier to deal with the in-laws!
4. Don't put too much "decoration" food.
These types of foods are usually fattening and if you leave them around, they will cease their decorative purposes and end up in your belly!
5. Weigh yourself twice a week.
I normally recommend weighing in only once a week, but during the holidays there are more festivities.
6. Drink plenty of water. Holiday stress can cause serious dehydration and you may get so busy that you forget you are thirsty.
7. Don't succumb to peer pressure.
8. There's more to a party than getting plump in your holiday sweater.
Focus on socializing and having a great time instead of trying everything that happens to end up in front of your face.
9. Eat healthy foods before unhealthy foods.
Specifically, go for the greens! The fiber will help minimize the damage from the splurge-worthy foods.
10. Always remember how you feel the morning after overdoing it.
This can be the hardest thing to do when you are carried away with the "what the hell" mood that comes with social gatherings. If you can pull this off, you will feel great not only physically, but it will be emotionally satisfying and will strengthen your willpower!
If you are reading this, do yourself a favor and take these tips to heart. You can read 500 articles but if you don't affect change within yourself you are wasting your time.
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Patrick Williams is the Owner of Fuel Rx Fitness in Sherman Oaks, CA. His style of training, metabolic burst training has helped hundreds of people lose weight and change their lives forever. To schedule your free consultation go to www.fuelrxfitness.com
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