I read a great article written by Rachel Cosgrove about battling the holiday bulge and wanted to share some of it with all of you.
How many times have you heard that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds over the holidays? Luckily this is a myth, but there is good news and bad news.
The most recent research suggests that the average person only gains a couple of pounds over the holidays. So, why worry about it?
Because the bad news is that studies also show that they never lose those pounds. In fact, most people gain 1 to 2 pounds a year on average over their lifetimes. The research goes on to state that if you recently lost weight or are overweight you will have a harder time maintaining over the holidays and may even gain 5 pounds or more.
Again a couple of pounds may not seem like a lot. The problem is that if you gain 1 to 2 pounds over the holidays it is most likely not temporary bloat but it is instead a layer of fat that will be much harder to lose than it was to gain. And according to the studies, you will never lose it.
Have you ever heard the quote, "It isn't what you eat between Christmas and New Year's; it's what you eat between New Year's and Christmas.'
If you don't have a strategy, this quote may not stand true. Why not come up with a strategy to lose 1 to 2 pounds of fat over the holidays while most people are gaining? Challenge yourself to hold your body fat percentage and come out of the holidays in a fit, healthy way and feeling fabulous at your New Year's Eve party.