If you survived the first holiday, Thanksgiving, congratulations! But with December in full swing and New Year’s on the horizon, the temptations have begun. On average, a person gains 1 lb between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (much less than the original reports of 7-10 lbs during this time). That’s great news!
The bad news? That 1 lb or more gain isn’t lost for the most part during the rest of the year. In a decade, that’s 10 lbs and that ends up being a big deal as you get older.
Holly Hull, the lead researcher on the Oklahoma study, says Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a “high risk” time for the overweight. “I think the number of people who only overeat at the Thanksgiving meal is slim to none,” said Dr. Hull. “The holiday season doesn’t represent one day of overeating. You have this period that extends through the new year where there’s more alcohol, more snacks, more finger foods and appetizers that are energy dense.”
I’ve compiled a list of Holiday Survival Guides with plenty of advice, tips and tricks to get anybody thru this sometimes difficult time. If you are wondering how you will stick to your plan, these guides offer up some easy to use and quick to implement safeguards to keep you focused. While everybody else gains this season, you could get fitter while everybody around you gets fatter.
1. Strategies to Cope with Holiday Eating
There’s a great read over at SparkPeople called Busting the Top 5 Excuses to Overindulge During the Holidays it’s a really nice list of things that most everybody will experience at some point from now until New Year’s and what you can do to cope. Take a look at the following excuses and if any of them sound familiar, you’ll have strategies to cope.
2. Holiday Survival with Jennifer Nicole Lee
Not as much strategies as healthy traditional holiday meals. Fitness model, Jennifer Nicole Lee or JNL, dishes out some delicious treats and snacks. It’s possible to make that pumpkin pie taste good and not break your calorie bank. If you are going to a party or family gathering and need to bring food, here’s some ideas for a Healthy Thanksgiving to Fit Christmas
At the end of JNL’s article, there’s 10 additional tips for staying sane during this typically very busy period when people lose focus and fall off the wagon.
3. Survive the Holidays – Runner’s World Style
Even Runner’s World has some very good tips to stay on track for the holidays. What really hit home was the opening line of the 3 page article.
“Conventional wisdom has it that most of us gain about five pounds during the six-week holiday period. In reality, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the average person gains only one pound over the holidays–but never loses it.”
4. Holiday Survival Guide by Fat Loss Expert – Tom Venuto
Even a fat loss guru like Venuto has temptations. How does Tom do it? At this point, he’s got such strong beliefs that there really isn’t any temptation if it goes against your core beliefs. However, that wasn’t always the case. He’s battled thru holidays when an extra piece of pie or other delicious dessert is most tempting. But he’s put together a very nice list called How to Stay on Your Diet and Shape Over the Holidays
You will find 10 of Tom’s BEST tips for staying in shape over the holidays. Although I personally think Tom and I might differ on #10. Alcohol in moderation. What’s moderate to some is excessive to others.
One to print out and tack on the fridge.. right now!
5. Strength Training Guide to Surviving the Holidays
By now, you might be saying to yourself, I’ve seen a lot of the same tips and themes. That’s true. Every year these holiday guides come out and every year the same 10 tips are shuffle around.
However, Sumi does point out some very interesting tips I’ve not seen before that will be very motivation to the most tempted person.
From eating before the party to signing up for a 10k.. Sumi has some unique and refreshing tips that can help not just motivate you during the holidays and avoid some of the temptations but seriously get you into better shape.
6. Holiday Advice from the Fat Burning Machine – Michael Mahony
Coined “The Fat Burning Machine,” Mike Mahony has the smallest tip list ever! But the one tip he does gives, makes absolute perfect sense. In fact, his tip was recently used by the last winner of the most ripped female in a body transformation contest. Here’s One Holiday Tip You May Not Have Considered
Because I’m a moderator and contributor to a weight loss support community called Burn the Fat Inner Circle, I literally read the journal of last year’s winner. Mike’s tip was used this Thanksgiving in a very strategic manner. I have no doubt that thinking strategically about one day like this leads to success.
If you have a calendar, you can plan to use this tip.
7. 10 Ways to Restart Your “Diet” After a Break
While this list from Diet.com looks more like how to get back on track after a setback, in reality, the tips and advice can easily be put to good use to keep from falling into a rut during the holiday season.