It’s a well known fact that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the official season for some serious overeating. Most of us pig out enough for a 5 to 7 pound weight gain in just six (6) short weeks.
The main culprit of holiday season weight gain is the age old New Year’s Resolution of starting another diet with the New Year. The thought of another depressing deprivation diet looming in the near future can lead to the “last supper” mentality of eating everything in sight between Christmas and the New Year. There is a better way.
Be realistic about your holiday plans...There will be parties and there will be high calorie foods. Decide ahead of time if you are going to have a high calorie treat and what form it will take. If your weakness is desserts, then plan on having one serving go the most tempting dessert you can find.
Plan to overeat on certain days. If you know there is a party coming up, eat lighter calorie meals during the week. When the party rolls around, eat and enjoy without guilt.
Get right back on track. Just because you had an eating binge at one holiday party, doesn’t mean you should have a free-for-all until New Year’s Day. Go back to your normal eating pattern with the very next meal. The only overeating you should be doing is on those specifically preplanned holiday party dates.
Get some exercise. The holidays are a difficult time to get your regularly planned workouts completed so rather than skip your workouts for weeks at a time, do what you can. If you only have time for 15 or 20 minutes, do it. Some exercise is always better than no exercise.
There’s absolutely no reason to go through the holidays feeling deprived and denied of your favorite holiday treats With planned overeating you can reduce holiday season weight gain and still have fun.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Alice Blake, Delores Shaw