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Holiday Weight Gain Do’s and Don’ts
Other than those blessed with a naturally high metabolism, holiday weight gain is inevitable. The parties, holiday treats, holiday stress, less physical activity during the holidays and the winter months all contribute to the cause of weight gain. If you have been around for more than 1 year, – you have noticed the pattern of seasonal weight gain. Every year we respond with a New Years resolution to lose weight and/or get fit.
This is not rocket science and we all know the causes of winter weight gain – we consume more calories than we burn. It is a season of celebration and should be celebrated. One weight loss tip for this time of year is, don’t go on a “See Food Diet”. You know, you see food and eat it. Stop and ask yourself, “am I hungry?” If not, do not eat the treat unless you are showing appreciation to the provider, then, limit it to one bite. If your weight is a problem, it is easier to prevent weight gain than it is to get rid of it.
Try to keep holiday treats in perspective; food is sustenance, not a vice. Gluttony is merely an addiction to food and is food/body abuse. Don’t compensate for emotional problems by eating yourself into oblivion. Use some common sense when eating – does it contain nutritional value? If not, avoid it. How many calories are in it? You don’t need to know exactly, but if it is loaded with sugars or other simple carbohydrates and fats – you will gain weight.
Be aware drinks can be loaded with calories also, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Candies and baked goods are almost always calorie laden. Sugar is empty calories, less is best. If you worship food, you obviously need to look into that issue. Treat your body as a temple (at least most of the time).
Checklist to get you through the holidays:
- Are you hungry? If not, don’t eat.
- Nutritional value? If not, don’t eat it.
- High in calories? restrict amount you eat.
- Are you full? If so, no reason for another bite.
- Is it within 3 hours of bedtime? Don’t eat
So keep everything in perspective during this holiday season. Enjoy and celebrate, for this is one of the greatest celebrations for most religions. Count your blessings and give thanks for all you have. If you live in a house, have food to eat and live in a country not ravaged by war – you are better off than most. Don’t abuse the body you have been given, treat it with respect. Eat to live, don’t live to eat and your holiday weight gain will be under control.
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