I was just listening to a podcast that asserted that most people gain weight over the holidays, and that they don’t lose it after, so that becomes the bodies new “set point” that it defends, resisting weight loss. Since the holidays are here, and I love talking about fitness under any excuse, I thought I’d look into that. It turns out that most people overestimate the weight they gain, assuming it to be 5 lbs. In reality, most only gain about 1/2 lb of weight that stays past the initial period. The good news is, it’s less than people think. The bad news is it’s relatively permanent. Obviously, it isn’t the only time that we gain weight, since over 20 years that would be 10 lbs. How many people only have ten pounds to lose?
Ok, now that you’re thoroughly depressed. 😦
Seriously, I am just suggesting that we need to stay on top of even small increases in our weight. If you take care of the half pounds, the rest will take care of itself. and, it is so much easier to lose a few lbs than to lose a lot. Most people say: “I’ll start going to the gym after the holidays.” Or, “My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight.” Or, they don’t think about it at all, till that little black dress or the skinny jeans don’t fit. Why wait? Why does enjoying the holidays have to mean gorging yourself and avoiding exercise?
I can already hear you: “I want to be able to enjoy myself” “What’s the point if I can’t have any fun?” “What fun is life if I can’t enjoy myself?” I’m not saying you can’t have any fun. You can eat a nice dinner, have a slice of pie, or a few cookies, and a glass of wine. In return, exercise daily, don’t make that nice dinner a 2,000 calorie feast, and don’t have the pie and cookies, unless you can restrict your calories for a few days afterwards. Make every day that you are home a bit more disciplined. and then if you do blow it at a party, the results won’t be permanent. Eat a large salad first, with little to no dressing, cheese, croutons or meat on it first thing, then you won’t be so hungry, and won’t eat as much of the rest. Have a large glass of water with dinner as well. That will distend your stomach, giving you that full sensation that many people crave.
I don’t want to hear it.
I don’t want to hear the complaints if you don’t want to make the commitment. If you want to be thin, you have to do what thin people do. Right now, go in your kitchen. Are there chips in there? Cookies, crackers, cakes, pies and/or puddings? Look in your fridge. Is there fruit and fresh vegetables in there? Weed out your kitchen. Put the things in there you want to grow, and get rid of what doesn’t help you. Never have more than one unhealthy thing in your house at a time. There are many calorie tracking websites, use them. Take an honest look at your diet and start changing it, little by little. Quit getting takeout for lunch, especially if you are eating out for dinner.
In for a penny, in for a pound.
The habits you build now last a lifetime. Which way is your weight heading this year? Then that means your habits are leading in that direction, and will continue to do so until you change them. Don’t wait for New Year, the mythical “after the holidays”. Do it now. Build good habits now. The self discipline you exercise now will grow stronger and continue over into other areas of life, and you will see the benefits in short order.