Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means…the holidays are here! The most wonderful time of the year…right? Of course we all love spending time with family and time off of work, but more and more of my clients tell me they dread the holidays for one reason…gaining weight. Unfortunately, studies show that my clients have a valid fear. The Los Angeles Times, released an article that proves people all over the world gain weight throughout the holidays…but how much?
Before we look at the study, let’s set the stage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38% of our country is obese and another 33% are overweight. So before the holiday season is upon us, we are already struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Now let’s look at the Americans who participated in the study. Americans saw their weight increase by 0.2% during Thanksgiving and an additional 0.4% over Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza. Let’s translate these number into a real life example.
My client Scott is 5’7” inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. The studies say that on average, Scott would gain 4 pounds during Thanksgiving and an additional 8 pounds during the December holidays. Therefore, Scott gains a total of 12 pounds during the holidays. January rolls around and Scott wants to “lose weight and get healthy”. Not only was Scott overweight to begin with, but now he has an additional 12 pounds that he has packed on from the holidays. January rolls around and he starts working out excessively, cutting carbs, and under eating calories to try to lose weight and before he knows it he is burnt out. “I’m done with working out and eating healthy! IT DOESN’T WORK!” Scott is frustrated, upset, mad, and has lost all control of his goals.
Does this sound all too familiar to you? As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer I see many clients that can relate to Scott. Do me a favor and ask yourself this question: What is your occupation?Maybe you are an accountant, full time student, waitress, marketing coordinator, human resources director, dentist, pediatrician, music teacher, financial advisor…the list goes on and on. If you did not respond “dietitian and personal trainer” it makes sense for you to struggle with weight loss and successfully keeping weight off. Registered Dietitians are trained nutrition professionals. If you want to learn how to play the piano, you seek a piano teacher. If you want to learn how to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, get fit, and continue to live a healthy lifestyle you seek a dietitian.
If you are hesitant to reach out to a dietitian, worry no more! We are NOT the food police. I love food so much that I decided to make a career centered around food. When I work with clients my goal is to bring pleasure back to the plate and balance into the bowl. Food is our number one fuel source (along with water and sleep). It is crucial to learn how to fuel your body properly to optimize your everyday life!
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