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Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:50:26 +0000en-UShourly1http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2Holiday Weight Loss: Possibility or Fantasy?http://ehealthadvice.info/holiday-weight-loss-possibility-or-fantasy/
http://ehealthadvice.info/holiday-weight-loss-possibility-or-fantasy/#commentsWed, 30 May 2012 05:28:33 +0000Bharathhttp://ehealthadvice.info/?p=502Weight loss during the holidays? That’s crazy talk! Or that’s what it seems for most people who don’t celebrate Ramadan, Lent, or any of the other traditional holidays where fasting and abstinence are the norm. There’s a popular idea floating …Read more »]]>Weight loss during the holidays? That’s crazy talk! Or that’s what it seems for most people who don’t celebrate Ramadan, Lent, or any of the other traditional holidays where fasting and abstinence are the norm.
There’s a popular idea floating around that the average person gains 10 kilograms more or less during the holidays. Speaking from personal experience, that seems to be the case. However, a recent study has demonstrated that the average holiday weight gain is just around 2 kilograms.
The bad news is, we tend to have a difficult time shaking off that weight. There is also a tendency for people to gain weight when traveling. One oft-given reason is that we tend to cut loose during the holidays, so we eat more- diets and weight loss plans be damned.
Overeating once had a function in Pre-Modern societies, where the threat of famine and serious food spoilage was very real. If you got a bumper crop or got more food than you could hope to safely store, you ate whatever you could to gain the needed extra calories to survive lean times. Most modern holidays are derived from this millenia-old practice.
Modern conveniences like refrigeration and improved food preservation techniques have rendered the original holiday premise moot. Today, holidays are mostly taken as excuses to indulge. As a result, we rarely do get to lose the weight our ancestors would have lost come winter or any of the inevitable hard times they would encounter.
Not all is lost, however. Not everyone is doomed to continue the cycle. Being aware of existing problems and rationales (which we’ve conveniently laid out a few paragraphs earlier) is the first step to losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy figure during the holidays.
Here are a few other things you might try:
Make your own traditions during the holidays - one that doesn’t involve that much eating (hey, you can’t expect to give everything up right away). If you can manage it, try creating a bucket list of non-food related items and use the holidays as motivation to get things crossed off the list.
If you have to eat- go for quality instead of quantity – Use the holidays as a reason to try different cuisines, aside from the ones you eat each and every single holiday. This means even if you lose less than you aimed for, or even lose no weight at all, you still gain a little something with experience.
Join physically-involving holiday related events – In most major cities, it’s hard not to find charity events like fun runs scheduled around the holidays. If there’s none where you live, try organizing one – you’re probably going to burn more calories than you hoped for- and maybe get a few grey hairs in the process. The former option sits better with most people, though. Try the latter if you’re in for an insane challenge.
Editorial by FitFarms Fitness Camp, voted Best UK Weight Loss Camp by The Sunday Times.