How to end the holiday weight gain cycle

Can you believe it? Summer has quickly come to an end and we’ve entered into the Holiday season already!! Cold weather ensues, and it’s almost as if we’re set up for failure…

First there’s sugar overload on Halloween as October comes to an end. We ramp back up for Thanksgiving, and pretty much have an abundance of indulgent food surrounding us through New Year’s Day! I hear many clients voice their impending doom around this time of year… “Great, another five pounds I’ll have to try to get rid of when January rolls around,” or “I’m going to try to be good this year, I’m not going to eat that crap.” Let’s face it, it’s really, really hard…

When we take a step back and look at what’s actually contributing to us packing on a few extra pounds around the holidays, we realize that the majority of the battle is indeed psychological. This year we’re hosting our second annual Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge, which will not only help keep you accountable, but will also help you develop your own personal action plan to keep you on track throughout the holiday season.

Here are just a few of the concept’s we’ll cover in our kickoff seminar this month:

  1. Come up with a plan: Think back to past holidays and events. What are your trigger foods/scenarios? What could you plan in advance to prevent unwanted eating behaviors? For example, if you know you just can’t have one slice of your Aunt Jane’s apple pie…come up with a plan that allows you to enjoy it in a controlled setting. Plan to have one piece during the event, kindly decline seconds, and don’t bring home leftovers.
  2. Don’t be afraid to waste: Many of us were raised to clean our plates, and taught not to waste food. This often causes us to eat past full, and not listen to our body’s natural signs of satiation. If you’re satisfied with something, either pack it away and enjoy it when you’re hungry again, or throw it away. Excess calorie intake is stored as “waste” in the form of fat…it’s up to you…you can waste it in the trash, or on your waist!
  3. Start the day with a healthy breakfast and some body movement! Just because it’s a holiday, doesn’t mean it’s a break from reality. Holidays are often celebrated over one meal, or an event lasting a few hours. Keep the celebration to this time period. Wake up, move your body, and have a healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast. You’ll be amazed how these simple actions can set the tone for your whole day!

Ready to make this your healthiest holiday yet? Join us for our Healthy Holiday Survival Seminar on November 14th (Fit Life Winchester) and November 15th (Fit Life Melrose) at 6:30 PM! This seminar will be loaded with tips to set you up for success this holiday season. You’ll also receive a “Real Food” Holiday Recipe Book.

But wait…there’s more…

It’s the kick off to our Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge!! You’ll get six weeks of support, accountability, weekly checklists, support groups, and more!! Sign up online using the button below or email Meredith@fitlifema.com with questions!

Happiest, Healthiest Holidays Friends,  Meredith

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