How to Fight Weight Gain During Holidays
November is the start of a tough 2-month stretch, literally and figuratively.
Between today and about the first week of January, waistlines are going to get a little bigger. While oftentimes the talk of holiday weight gain is overblown, a typical person gains just a couple of pounds between mid-November and mid-January. About 5%, though, will gain 5+ pounds.
What are you going to do about it?
Option #1 (don’t choose this one!):
Well, you could just forget the whole “live healthy” thing for a while. Stop going to the gym (or not start) and live with reckless abandon for the next couple of months. You’ll probably be one of those to gain 3, 4, 5+ pounds, but you’ve got a plan to start first thing January 1st, 2011. You’ll lose those pounds within a few weeks and be on track to take control of your life…
…as soon as it’s convenient for you.
Option #2 (choose this one!):
Another option to fight weight gain during the holidays is to do what I’m going to do — live life normally. I’m not going to stop going to the gym and I’m not going to just eat garbage this next couple of months.
I’ll conceded that yes, my routine will be messed up during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, absolutely, but I’ll find time to go to Hampton Hill if I’m at home. If I’m out of town, which many people will be during the next two months, I’ll play the Wii if it’s available, go for a walk/run outside, chase the/any kids around, throw the football or play basketball instead of succumbing to hours of just television watching.
I’ll be sociable and enjoy the company of others all while being active.
As far as counting calories goes, there will only be a handful of days in the next two months where I’ll stop counting calories and just let go. On the outset, it looks like probably Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas weekend, and New Years Eve. You’re talking maybe 20 meals total out of the next 180 (3 x 60) I have over the next couple of months. That’s a good radio.
So, to recap, here’s my plan for the holidays:
- Count calories about 90% of the time for the next 2 months
- Get to the gym when in town, play to burn calories when away
- Moderate, not eliminate, and enjoy life
I highly recommend you trying to do the same. Don’t wait for January.
Sarah is going to try to follow that plan for the next month and try to lose 7 pounds, not gain. Personally, I want to lose 5 pounds (while maintaining muscle) during the next 4-5 weeks, even with Thanksgiving.
What are your goals during the holidays? Or, will they wait until January?