To quote a great philosopher, “Summer is over, gimme that pie”, it is the holiday season and we are about to pack on the pounds! It is a fact that the average American gains somewhere between 6-15 pounds between Labor Day and New Years Day. Imagine 15 pounds added to your existing weight compounded annually for 10 years and it’s no wonder we are facing an obesity epidemic. We work our tails off in the gym trying to fit into that bikini and look good at the beach and then as soon as the clocks turn back we throw it all out the window and erase every minute of exercise for the past 6 months. This vicious cycle isn’t sustainable and puts a nasty toll on the human body leading to sickness, exhaustion, depression, and of course a belly that would make Santa Claus jealous. Don’t worry, there is hope!
Step 1: Halloween Party!
Ah, Halloween, the start of the holidays. A time to indulge in candy corn, pumpkin pie and of course cocktails. We try to eat right and go to the gym regularly but with school back in session and a myriad of parties in the works we start to slack and before you know it we’ve put on 2 pounds. “That’s OK”, you tell yourself, “it’s 2 pounds, this is no big deal, besides it’s not Summer anymore”
Step 2: Let’s Prep for Thanksgiving
Our normal trip to the grocery store has turned into impulse buying thanks to clever marketing that tricks your brain into thinking you need those candy canes, you want that pumpkin bread and it’s sweater weather so might as well load up on the wine. Now we are looking at an additional 4 pounds added on that came out of nowhere!
Let’s recap, it isn’t even Thanksgiving and we’ve already put on 6 pounds!
Step 3: Thanksgiving Week
Let’s face it, Thanksgiving isn’t the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is a week long celebration of catching up with the in-laws, attending company parties and eating junk food with the kids while they are out of school. We spend a week attending various functions that are laden with cheesecake, candies, pie and cookies. 3 pounds later, and we are getting prepared for Christmas.
Step 4: Christmas
Here we go, Eggnog season is upon us. Christmastime favorites that while they are delicious, pack a serious calorie count. We skip our workouts to spend time with family, over indulge on food we shouldn’t eat and snack throughout the day. Before you know it we have added 5 more pounds.
Our new grand total is 20 extra pounds! That was fast!
Let’s enjoy this holiday season, but be very cognizant of temptations and tricks that are so prominent. Be disciplined, make sacrifices and be in the minority this holiday season!