Holidays - Your Favourite and Most Hated Time of the Year

With holidays, festivities, large amounts of food and alcohol just around the corner, it's no wonder that people will fall into the trap of gaining weight just to try and lose it as a New Year's Resolution. The graph below shows exactly that.

Source: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1602012#t=article

With that in mind, here are some tips to avoid the holiday weight gain:

  1. Don't starve yourself. The strategy seems to work, starve yourself and "save" your calories until the end of the day when you have the family feast. I can tell you from experience of binging and starving, the cycle doesn't work and can leave to extremely bad habits.
  2. Stay well nourished during the day. Eat proper meals which will keep you full. When you have that big family dinner at the end of the day you won't be as hungry, not eating AS much of the bad stuff.
  3. Workout hard and early. With all those extra calories and energy you can kick those workouts in the butt. However, doing them earlier will help ensure you actually do knock them out. Why? Think about trying to go for a run after a Christmas feast. You are going to feel sluggish, tired and totally unmotivated.
  4. Remember, it's not the end of the world. The holidays are great because you spend it with the people you love. So go ahead and enjoy that time. If you go astray for a day or two it is not the end of the world. Remain consistent and you will be back at it in no time.