See the photo above to get helpful tips on how to avoid gaining weight through the holiday season while maximizing your enjoyment with your food and family.
Keep in mind that you will have greater than normal weight fluctuations during this time. So, if you typically see a +/- 2-3 lb fluctuation, then expect to see a 4-6 lb fluctuation during this season.
Do not expect to eat perfectly and maintain a weight loss program during this time of year. There is no help to putting that type of pressure on yourself. Aim for maintenance.
You can eat great and be fairly “good”, but just one high sodium, high fat meal or one day of drinking less water or one night consuming a few alcoholic drinks will cause you extra “bloat”.
Normally, it takes a few days for your body to regulate. Expect greater highs and lows and expect a longer period to regulate during these festive times.
Above all – do not let your emotions get in the way of your brain. This loss of control may make you FEEL like the damage is worse than it actually is. Do not lose sight of the reality of how your body responds to stimulus (lack of sleep, increased stress, introduction of alcohol…). Your body strives for consistency (called Homeostasis) and when it experiences inconsistencies it does not like it and responds in a somewhat drastic weigh. (<– pun intended 🙂
Be sure to set realistic expectations for yourself with your body weight and your lifestyle during the holiday season. Enjoy this time and understand that maintaining your weight (within your +/- weight fluctuations) is actually a great success.