Well the answer is yes BUT not as much as you think!! We recently asked people on Facebook how much weight they thought they gained during the holidays (Halloween till New Years Day) and the average was somewhere between 5 - 7 pounds!!!
Now before we give you the answer we should give you some more info - 1 pound is equal to about 3500 calories, the average reccomended calorie intake per day is a little over 2000 calories (depending on activity levels) AND the average person consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving!! - that's a lot of turkey!!!
So with all that knowledge and regardless of what all the diet and fat loss companies tell you we actually only gain only 1 pound - yep just 1 little pound - during the holiday season!!!
Now before you get up and start doing your happy dance there is some bad news!!! Most people never lose that 1 pound and since most adults add a 1-2 pounds per year - most of that is holiday weight!!!
The other bad news is that if you are already overweight going into the hoildays you actually gain more than that 1 pound even though the average is one pound!!
So what should I do???
Here are some helpful hints to maintain that healthy lifestyle through the holidays!!
1. Try to remember that the holiday season is about more than just food. Next time you go to a holiday party, take time to admire the decorations. If there is entertainment, be sure to enjoy it. Focus on visiting with friends and family whom you haven’t seen in a long time.
2. Be honest with yourself and acknowledge that it would be unrealistic not to indulge in some holiday treats. The key is to do it mindfully, and in moderation.
3. Don't show up to a party starving. You know you're not supposed to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. The same is true for parties. Many people make the mistake of "saving up their calories" for the party. But that plan backfires because when we're ravenous; our self-control goes out the window and we consume way too many calories.
4. Watch how much you drink, alcohol is doubly disastrous for weight management. First, alcoholic drinks can be loaded with calories, and because we drink (rather than eat) them, we often fail to recognize them as a significant source of calories. Additionally, alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases the likelihood that we’ll go back for seconds (or thirds!)
5. Careful where you stand - I know it sounds stupid but when you’re at a party where appetizers abound, try to keep one hand “busy” by holding a cup of water or seltzer. Having only one hand free makes it harder to gobble untold calories’ worth of appetizers. As an added bonus, you can take sips of your drink, or crunch on ice, when you have the urge to eat something. Also, make a mental note not to hang around the food. We all know the expression, “Out of sight, out of mind.” The converse is also true. The more you see food, the more you’ll want it. To help curb unnecessary eating, don’t hang out near the buffet table or the bar at holiday parties.
6. Practice saying "NO" This can be hard for many of us, but remember: just because someone offers you food doesn’t mean you have to accept. You can politely decline saying, “Thanks, it was delicious, but I’m stuffed.” If you feel really guilty, ask the host if you could take home some leftovers to enjoy later.
7. Try to stay consistant with your fitness and eating routines - the holidays can be a very stressful time with you getting pulled in many directions. If you workout every morning at 6am continue doing it!!!
8. Finally - have FUN!!! life is a celebration and the holidays are a great time to celebrate!!! Don't beat yourself up if you ate to many desserts - just don't eat t many everyday!!