I know — how to gain weight really aren’t the kinds of tips you’re looking for. At this time of year, weight-worried women (I love to alliterate) start thinking about how they’re going to avoid gaining weight during the holidays.
There’s a reason they think so much about it. People who struggle with weight generally do gain more during this time of year than people who don’t. Seems we all gain a little but normal healthy eaters quickly lose it without trying once the abundance of the holidays has passed.
Last year, we came up with a tongue-in-cheek look at how to guarantee weight gain during this time, the intent being to point out those all-too-common strategies many of us employ that end up shooting us in the foot. (Appears I like hyphens, too.)
A few examples:
- Before the holidays, diet, diet diet! You expect to overeat during the holidays so get a jump on weight loss now while you can. If you’re feeling truly ambitious, diet during the holidays, too. The deprivation will be highly effective at driving you to overeat.
- During the holidays, surround yourself with family and friends who make you feel guilty about eating. It’s easier to say no when your spouse, mother, sister, daughter, friend looks on disapprovingly as you reach for that wonderful holiday sprinkled cookie.
- At parties, set a hands-off rule for all the rich foods you’ll encounter. If you just say no, you can nip any weight gain in the bud!
If you don’t want to gain weight during the holidays, you might be interested in our real advice. You can find it here in our FitBriefing “Green Mountain’s Top 10 Tips to Guarantee Holiday Weight Gain.”
We also have a new FitBriefing featuring healthy holiday eating tips to avoid holiday weight gain that you might find useful.
We’re running a special program, too, called Holiday Helpings (TM). If you can get away before the holiday furor sets in, it can be just the thing to help you enjoy your holidays feeling great.
By the way, our tips are about how to maintain during the holdiays. We don’t want to be working to try to lose weight during this time. (I could get into a discussion about whether we ever want to be working to lose weight but I’ll refrain.) A focus on weight loss during the holidays will only frustrate most of us because we won’t succeed. And perhaps more importantly, we’ll miss out on much of the fun the holidays bring.
Do you have any misguided strategies to point out? What about some real eating tips for feeling great throughout the holidays?