We’ve all heard the songs. It’s the most wonderful time of year, they tell us. But for those of us that are watching our weight, having a holly jolly Christmas can set us back in our long term goals. Studies suggest that, during the holiday season, the average American can gain anywhere from 2 to 5 pounds. In fact, the average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a holiday dinner. And that’s just the one dinner!
With gingerbread lattes beckoning from bright red cups and eggnog prominently on display at every grocery store in town, this is the time of year when people say to themselves, “hey – it’s the holidays! Everything in moderation, right?” At the same time, when the winter months hit, people tend to stay indoors and skimp on their exercise regimen. And those pounds can add up over the years.
When you are considering a healthy diet and exercise routine, it’s important to keep to your plan, even during the holidays. Let Santa be the one with the bowl full of jelly while you get a jump start at the gym before the New Year’s Resolution crowd invades it in January.
Here are a few thoughts to consider this time of year:
Maintaining your healthy weight loss goals doesn’t mean that you have to have a blue Christmas. Just make sure that you have a plan in place to avoid overindulgence. Once the holiday season is over, one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the satisfaction of knowing you kept yourself on track. How’s that song go again? Make your list and check it twice.