During the holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving, all good intentions and plans of trying to keep your nutrition on track is a lot easier than anticipated, especially when there is stuffing, gravy, and warm buttered rolls coming at you straight from the oven.
The holidays are a time for family and friends. Let’s face it, they only come once a year. It’s important, however, to realize the cost of delaying your normal routine, exercise and other for enjoying an extra serving of mashed potatoes and small slice of pumpkin pie.
According to many estimates and sources, Americans consume up to 4,500 calories during traditional holiday celebrations including Thanksgiving, office parties, Christmas and other Holiday events. If you’re a social butterfly, those extra calories can add up and you’ll be racking up a few extra pounds.
It’s not really an option not to attend those events, but keep in mind that those extra servings do come at a cost. We have to keep in mind that those extra pounds won’t melt as fast as the snow in the spring. But there are ways to shed those extra pounds before you have to shed the puffy winter jacket.
Here are a few ways to lose weight after holiday eating, that I even follow myself.
Cut Out the Sweet Stuff
Much research shows that sugar intake can be addicting and often lead to an unhealthy cycle of cravings and eating binges. This is largely due to insulin spikes that go hand in hand with foods that contain high sugar content. Researchers say that Insulin drops our blood sugar and causes storage of extra calories which result in fat, and causes a sugar crash later. This can make you irritable, sleepy, and is could be responsible for “food comas”. The sugar crash can furthermore cause sweet cravings in order to raise your blood sugar level, but inevitably results in another crash. This, in turn, causes a snowball phenomenon which can be difficult to get away from.
With many Holiday parties serving sugar cookies and other sweets, let’s all sing: ’tis the season of high levels of sugar and fat!
One suggestion is, after your last holiday dinner, make a vow to cut out ALL desserts for four to ten days. This won’t be easy and will certainly result in cravings. I know, I’ve been there. They will, however, relinquish over a few days. The other great thing is, while cravings decrease, your body will begin to prefer naturally sweet foods, including fruit and vegetables.