Send holiday pounds packing – BEFORE you pack them on
If your holiday season begins with pumpkin spice lattes and ends with chocolate crème eggs… and in between is a blur of mashed potatoes, cookies, cakes, and champagne… you know all about that “holiday weight gain.
Except, for you, “the holidays” aren’t just a couple of celebratory days at the end of the year. They might actually span more than half the year!
You may think that it’s no big deal – because once the New Year hits, you tell yourself, you’ll be back on the wagon and those festive pounds will melt away in no time.
Not so fast – because a new study that monitored weight gain throughout the year for Americans, Europeans, and Asians found that taking it off is a LOT harder than putting it on.
In fact, in the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the volunteers ended up keeping up to HALF of the weight they had gained.
You’ve probably experienced something similar: You start out strong right out of the gate after your New Year’s resolutions kick in, but then you lose steam before you shed all those extra pounds.
And next thing you know, it’s the holidays again.
That can explain why we’re getting bigger and bigger every year.
As Halloween approaches and we’re already knee-deep in fall treats, now is a good time to start arming yourself with strategies to participate in the fun, without overdoing it.
- Make exercise a part of your holiday fun. Next week, offer to take the grandkids trick-or-treating to get a good walk around the neighborhood
- Start a new family tradition. Walk off the Thanksgiving meal instead of giving in to your “food coma.”
- Focus on fresh, natural foods of the season. Holiday traditions are not all about sugary treats. Celebrate the season’s bounty by enjoying roasted meats, homemade soups, winter squashes, beets, kale, and cranberries.
The Paleo Diet can help you rethink holiday cooking, and highlight the best of the cold-weather harvest. A high protein diet is proven to keep hunger at bay – so go ahead and enjoy the Thanksgiving turkey, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and the Christmas goose.
But skip out on the flour-laden gravies, the mashed potatoes, and the breadcrumb stuffing – because cutting out starches will help you stay lean (and keep diabetes at bay, to boot).
And instead of counting calories, try counting bites to keep the joyful season from weighing you down permanently!
Just make sure your bites aren’t of something in a pie crust – because you’ve got to cut out the sugars, too.