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I realize that the New Year’s diet resolution is as fundamental as paying taxes and dying, but I’m here to say don’t do it!!! Not this year. And here’s why:
1. The anticipation of food restriction sets us up for binge-type eating over the holidays: It’s that whole idea of I’m never going to eat cookies (or insert your favorite food) again, so I may as well eat as much as I can now! We’ve all been there. I have admittedly eaten half a pie due to this type of thinking. Get those negative, restrictive thoughts out of your mind and prevent overeating and keep your focus on your family, friends, and spirituality.
2. Restrictive diets don’t work in the long run: It’s funny how we keep setting the New Year’s diet resolution, yet time and time again, it does not work. These types of “diets” slow metabolism, increase anxiety and depression, make binge-eating more likely, and keep our minds preoccupied with food, as well as typically make us gain back the weight.
What can we do now that will lead to a successful New Year?
1. Focus on weight maintenance versus weight loss: Most people gain weight during the holidays, so maintaining is a huge success. Depending on your circumstances, the holidays may not be an ideal time for weight loss. It’s important to keep goals realistic so we do not set ourselves up for failure.
2. Be physically active each day: The holidays often throw us off our routines, but exercise needs to be mandatory. Schedule it on your calendar as if it’s a meeting with your boss and stick to it or grab a family member as an accountability partner and get out and walk or jog together. Exercise will relieve stress (and we’re all stressed), help to regulate your appetite, and ultimately help burn off some of those extra holiday calories. You know you will thank yourself for it later!!
3. Stay Hydrated: It is very easy to mistake hunger for thirst, which makes us much more vulnerable to succumb to those tasty holiday treats we have lying around. It is also very dry outside, but because it’s not hot, we often don’t think about hydrating the way we would in the summer months. We are also very busy and it can slip our minds, so carry a reusable aluminum water bottle with you at all times as your constant reminder to hydrate. Remember water is your number one weight loss mechanism!!!
4. Maintain perspective: Food is a big part of the season, but it does not have to be the main focus. It’s important we remember balance and moderation. We also need to give ourselves permission to overeat or have some treats once in awhile. Overeating a time or two throughout the holidays will not make or break our eating plans or cause us to gain weight. If you do overindulge, put it behind you. Trust yourself to go back to your regular eating plan without guilt, depression, and despair.
Remember what truly feeds us are open and honest relationships, exercise, spirituality, and creative outlets. Feed yourself an abundance of these things this holiday season to stay balanced and get the most out of the season.
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