Minimizing the “weight creep” as we age is a challenge at any time of the year, but it can become even more difficult during the holidays.
Countless parties, baked cookies and sweets, jam-packed schedules resulting in less time to exercise, and high-calorie holiday meals are the culprits. The average person can gain up to 7 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s Day. The worst part is that most of us don’t even realize it’s happening until we go to put on our favorite pair of jeans and they barely fit!
I love the holidays and all the calories and chaos that comes with the season! But, battling the scale to shed the pounds after the new year that always seem to disappear more slowly than they appear is not worth it to me. Would you agree?
My advice as an RD has always been even if weight loss is your goal, to be realistic with yourself and not expect to lose weight during the holidays. Plain and simple. Instead, focus on weight maintenance.