“I’ll start back on my diet after the holidays.”
Famous last words I’ve heard often over the years and quite frankly, a very risky thought process…
Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy some awesome food and treat yourself a little bit over the holiday season, because I absolutely think you should!
…but putting our health and goals on the back burner until after the New Year while piling on weight from binging stuffing and Christmas cookies, or anything else that move us further away from our goals is hardly treating yourself!
And I don’t know about you , but the last thing I’d ever want for Christmas, is some new unsightly, unattractive, embarrassing body fat to wear around like a trophy for all the bad food I ate!
I’m curious at what point of history did Americans declare that during the months of November and December that gluttony & unwanted weight gain would be an appropriate way to get in the Holiday spirit… 🙁
According to a study done by the New England Journal of Medicine , the average American adult will gain 1 whole pound of body fat in the months of November and December.
1 pound, that can’t be that bad, right??
I’ll let you be the judge…
Listen, you are NOT a bear preparing for hibernation; therefore you don’t need to pile on body fat in order to survive the winter months.
If you’re someone who thinks the holidays are a time to eat crap, slack on your workouts, put your health on the back burner and throw away all the progress you’ve been working hard for all year, then there’s really no reason to read any further…
But if not, today i would like to share with you,
“4 Good Reasons to NOT Get Fat Over The Holidays”
1. Let’s start this list off as simplistic as possible – GAINING WEIGHT/ FAT SUCKS!!!
Gaining weight is uncomfortable, frustrating , lowers self-esteem, can lead to depression, zaps physical & mental energy and causes us to have a negative self-image Why spend 10 months working hard toward your weight loss or fitness goals, only to destroy that progress in the months of November and December & have to start over after the New Year?!
2. You’re going to be attending holiday parties/gatherings with friends, family and loved ones, presumably some of which you haven’t seen in a while.
Why on earth would you want to show up to the party looking anything other than your best?
Think about this…
What typically happens at social gatherings when people are dressed up, making memories and having fun together?
PICTURES!!! Lots and lots of pictures…
Do you really want to be photographed and immortalized holding extra water weight in your cheeks or see pictures of yourself shared on social media where you look bloated, sporting muffin tops and carrying a food baby?
Of course not!
3. Not only will you feel frustrated and depressed any time you attempt to squeeze into your favorite jeans or dress;
…but you’ll have to spend some extra money since you’ll most likely have to buy some new clothes to accommodate the…Shall we call it, holiday- plus sized version of yourself.
4. It will be much more difficult to get back on track after the holidays.
My team and I at Nutrition Solutions have helped tens of thousands of clients over the years to lose weight, get healthy and reclaim their confidence….
We always ask at the beginning of their journeys what had been preventing them from eating better and exercising; and they usually admit that they just don’t have the motivation or energy.
You see, sometimes we feel like we’re so off track that it’s too overwhelming to even think about what has to happen to get back on. But the longer we stray away from a healthy lifestyle, the more difficult it is from a mental, physical & psychological stand point to get back on the path and start living our best life.
This holiday season is here so as you spend time with friends & family, giving thanks & exchanging gifts with those who matter most, remember to give yourself the most important gift of all…
The gift of health.
The gift of confidence.
The gift of a better body ….and a better life.
Your diet determines how your body looks, feels and functions. Healthy eating habits objectively make the difference between a happy, healthy, successful life- and a life filled with stress, low energy, frustration, poor confidence and not being comfortable in ones own skin.
You deserve to look and feel amazing this holiday season! I hope this message was well received and served as a friendly reminder that holidays or otherwise, your goals are still your goals!