How about you? Do you up the eating around the holidays? If you do, you’re not alone. Anahad O’Connor of The New York Times reveals that most people gain one pound due to holiday feasting. Not too bad considering the popular belief is five to ten pounds. Here’s more on this:
According to most studies on the subject, the average person gains one to two pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. One of the most recent and thorough studies to examine the idea, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2000, followed a diverse group of about 200 adults, half men.So, what do you do if you’re an Eat to Liver and you’re worried about weight-gain, but you don’t want to miss out on holiday festivities? Remember this excerpt from Eat to Live? It should help you manage your cheating ways:
Although this isn’t the same for everybody, O’Conner points out that some studies indicated ten percent of people gained more than five pounds during the holidays—that ten percent is probably coming from my family.
We are all tempted by treats. It is easier to resist if you get them out of the house completely. All cheats should be done outside of your home. If possible, associate with friends who will support you in recovering your health—or may join you in trying to be healthy.
Once you regain your health and feel great, you are less likely to crave these foods or be so tempted. Then, when you do deviate from a healthful diet, it is likely you will feel poorly, have persistent dry mouth, and not sleep well. If you go off your diet and eat junk food on occasion, mark it on your calendar and consider it a special occasion that you won’t repeat too often.
Nobody is perfect; however, do not let your weight yo-yo. You must adhere to the plan strictly enough so that you never put back on whatever weight you do take off.