It is possible, and practically a fact, to increase five pounds between now and the month of January, and it is easier than you think. Most people increase by between one and two pounds during the year-end celebrations. When you look at the actual amount of a few treats, the calories can increase rapidly. Raising five pounds before the end of the year means consuming approximately 17,500 extra calories between today and January. If that sounds too much, you’re right. Here’s how the end of year weight gain happens.
First, let’s go back to October 31. Approximately 250 candies go into the average Halloween candy bucket, with 35 calories each. If you are like most people, you bought too much, then you will eat a few sweets a day for several weeks. This gives you 1. 000 calories to start.
Moving on, we arrived at Thanksgiving. We are no longer content with just Thanksgiving dinner, but we have transformed this holiday into an entire Thanksgiving day, as we spend most of the day eating. Many people schedule the main event early, and that way it is easier to take advantage of the evening to repeat the dinner. The total calories can easily reach 5,000 or more. Moderately, that’s about 2,500 more calories than an average person needs.
Now, in the middle of the whole celebration, your workplace can also celebrate the holidays, grateful customers, or co-workers fill the office with cookies, candy and sweet popcorn. If you eat two handfuls of sweet popcorn, Three times a week for a month (2,200 calories), and three pieces of chocolate a week for a month (1,600 calories), can increase one pound until the month of January.
When you get home, more goodies await you when the gift baskets begin to arrive. You can easily eat 10 small buns in a couple of days (1,000 calories), or eat cheeses, hams and cookies (700 calories). Bake some cookies or gingerbread and you’re in trouble. An extra 6 cookies (and a few snacks from the cookie dough) can increase about 500 calories to your diet.
Now increase the calories you consume at the holidays. Snacks are a calorie bomb with an average of 100 calories each; And some alcoholic beverages, such as sweet martini, can reach 300 calories. Two parties = two thousand calories = one third of a pound. Look at how many calories you consume in a few potato pancakes and a few bites of beef on a Hanukkah celebration (1,000 calories) and you can add almost another pound.
It is not difficult to achieve another 5000 calories, especially if you have a pecan pie (500 calories per piece), rib eye steak (800 calories per 8 ounces) and a creamy artichoke sauce (600 calories per half cup). And then a Christmas lunch may consist of a slice of quiche (500 calories), a giant cinnamon bun (500) and a cup of egg punch (400).
Finally, it is possible to combine everything you eat with very little activity. If you leave your daily walk of 45 minutes (175 calories) until the new year, You’re going to face your weight gain with a sense of terror.
Do you want to avoid the scare by weighing yourself in the balance in January? Here are some tips:
- Be sure to follow your regular exercise and eating routine, instead of using the holiday season to forget about it.
- Avoid attending year-end meetings on an empty stomach. Eat a sandwich that satisfies you during the middle of the afternoon before heading out for dinners and buffets.
- Control your alcohol consumption. Try alternating your alcoholic beverages with a calorie-free drink to reduce your overall consumption. If you do not feel sociable about not having a drink in hand, a glass of mineral water with a slice of lemon can help.
- You do not have to eliminate the end-of-year treats altogether, But save your calories for those foods you can only eat once a year. Stay away from the treats you can consume during any day of the year.
- The holiday season can be stressful, which can cause you to eat from stress. Take time to rest and recharge your energies. When stress drives you to eat, take a cup of tea or salt to walk or run instead of eating.
- Focus on all the positive things that come with the end of the year celebration, and use that perspective to strengthen your commitment to your diet and exercise plan.