Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's the Holiday Season

...and I'm not planning on gaining weight. Is it alright to plan on gaining weight though? I heard on the radio several times lately that the average American gains 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. That seems like a lot, but I'm sure adding a few cookies here and there, some fruitcake, eggnog, etc., the calories add up much more than you can exercise them off. My plan is to track diligently while I'm at home, but for the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day feasting, I will try to make the "better" choices, but no worry about tracking points. I want to enjoy without overindulging.

But is it OK to plan for a gain? I believe it is. If I want to enjoy the holidays without worrying about everything that goes in my piehole, then I probably already am planning for a gain. I know what to do to combat a gain and I just don't want to have to worry about one more thing this holiday season. Happy Holidays and may your weight gain be planned!!


paul said...

I believe in not suffering too much. I know if I go into the holidays telling myself all the things I can't have, part of me rebels.

Instead, like you, I'm going to enjoy the food that comes, while hopefully not going crazy.

Short-term gains shouldn't be a big deal, unless it kicks off bad habits.

Andrew is getting fit said...

I plan on indulging on Christmas day and being sensible the rest of the time.

Last year I feasted from the start of November and regained a whole lot of weight. Fortunately I've avoided that so far this year!

Mrs. Darling said...

Im struggling. I determined tis morning that there is nothing lying between me and christmas day so I am going to religiously stay on plan until then I have gained 9 pounds since the end of October. Im sad.

Kathy said...

That's the whole idea of maintenance and a good plan. I've always felt that goodies like cheesecake should be served in mini-sized pieces...it is the first bite that is the best! The pleasure only declines after that anyway.

Good Luck with your plan.

James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. said...

In 2000, the NEJM studied this and found the average weight gain for the holidays was about 3 pounds. The problem was the average weight loss for the rest of the year was 2 pounds. Net gain 1 pound a year.
The key to netting 0 was exercise.

spunkysuzi said...

Sounds like a great plan of action!! And without a lot of stress :)

Ron said...

I had a gain this week, I hope that was my Christmas gain! I hope to eat like I did on Thanksgiving, I enjoyed the food and the day and I still lost weight!

Melissa M. said...

I decided the week before Thanksgiving that my plan for this holiday season was to maintain. That gives me enough wiggle room to enjoy a few holiday treats, but keeps me reigned in enough that I don't get it let out of hand. I would actually prefer to have a loss and have been working toward that so far, but as long as I don't show a net gain on Jan. 1, it's all good. :)

MizFit said...

I think it is fine and healthy.

life is too short to weightfret over the holidays.
this year Im minus a few people Id NEVER HAVE ANTICIPATED and I would hate to think they fretted, last holiday season, over a cookie or 3.