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Top 5 Reasons You Gain Holiday Weight

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It is easy to gain extra weight during the holidays. If you can come out on the other side of the 2-month holiday season with the same weight, you have done well!. However, it is possible to come out on the other side weighing less. Since you will be busy, try shorter, more intense workouts. Your body will respond in a positive way to the new workout stimulus.

Let’s jump right into the Top 5 reasons we gain weight during the holidays:

1. We get distracted during the holidays. There are many things going on in our lives and many emotions bouncing around in our heads and bodies -- both positive and negative, happy and sad. So, we can tend to get haphazzard with our workouts and eating habits. If all else goes haywire during the day, don’t neglect your workouts. Workouts can cover eating mistakes and help us relieve stress, tension and feel better.

2. You decide to let it all hang out during the holidays! Interpretation: “I will wait until January to start exercising again.” This mindset is a big mistake. You can gain 30-40 pounds of fat over a 2-month period that includes eating many high-calorie and high-fat foods. Your health will also suffer. And, another real danger is that you might not get started exercising again in January. Keep your workout schedule and meal plan as much as you can during the holidays.

3. You will gain holiday weight if you “graze too much” (eat too much at too many places). There are many parties, birthdays, get-togethers, food tasting events, etc. going on this time of year. You have to be careful or you will find yourself loading up on the calories. It does no good to burn 500 calories during a workout if you later eat 1,000 calories at different food events. If you have a caloric surplus (eat more calories than you burn), you will gain weight.

4. Some never really started exercising this year. Now would be a great time to start or you will gain even more weight. If I were in an "exercise rut" for months or even years, I would start exercising again by playing a sport like flag football. This would be easy for me to do and I would stay with it because I love playing sports.

What about you?

Do you tend to gain weight during the holidays?
Yes, I'm a sucker for holiday sweets.
55% (40 votes)
Nope, I'm usually pretty good.
45% (33 votes)
Total: 73 Votes

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Thanks for this information Mark.

I'll never love to exercise, no matter what, it seems. I'd rather be reading, writing, dabbling in a bit of painting or taking my kids to the park. However, there is no doubt that I simply feel better when I work out - so I do.

I worked out on my eliptical at least 4 days a week and loved how I felt. But within a week or two, for no discernible reason, I completely burned out on it. Didn't want to even look at it. So I booked a deep water aerobics class and here I am working out again. In addition, I think I'm ready to add one of two days of my eliptical back. I think we just needed a break from each other! It's odd how we suddenly burn out but I think if we're quick to substitute something else, then we'll keep on working out. The trick is not to wait for the burn- out to leave or we may end up losing that drive to exercise. It's so easy to do.

Thanks again for these tips. I think we can all use them this season!

November 27, 2009 - 11:54am
(reply to Susan Cody)

Susan....thanks for the honest comment! The truth is that we all have to change up our exercise routines because boredom can set in. Changing up the routine also keeps your body from adapting to the same workout and thereby stalling your progress. Find as many exercise routines as you can that you enjoy and rotate them often. Your body always feels better after a good workout and you will look your best!

December 1, 2009 - 8:41pm
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