Debunking the Holiday Weight Myth

Everything you need to know about holiday weight gain and how to control it.

It's the last month of the year, and that means pumpkin pies, stuffing your face with stuffing, and cookies around every corner. Oh yeah, and that also means you're bound for pounds, right? Well, good news – not necessarily.

It’s a common belief that we all put on at least five pounds during the holidays. Guess what? That idea is #FakeNews. In reality, most of us don’t put on as much as we think we do. According to this study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, people believed they gained up to 6.7 pounds after the holidays. Their actual gain? Just under a pound!

So all this fuss about “holiday weight” really isn’t as catastrophic as we think, and definitely nothing to lose your cool about. But the outcome still depends entirely on YOU, and we want to help you make it through the holidays while maintaining your current awesome figure.  To do that, we’re focusing on finding balance. That means not eating desserts like there’s no tomorrow, but also not going on some crazy crash diet either. 

So this year, let’s all agree to KEEP CALM but still have a jolly time. #ThankGoodNes we’ve got a few great tips to help you stay balanced all season long.

Make one Dessert your MVP

There’s no shortage of delicious drinks during the holidays. Eggnog, sparkling apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and don’t get us started on the alcoholic bevies! It’s easy to guzzle down the calories, but if you want to maintain your weight, try taking just a few sips of the sugary drinks, and then having a glass of water to really quench your thirst.

Use a Smaller Plate

It only makes sense that taking a huge dinner plate on your venture through the potluck line will result in bigger portions. Quick tip: use a smaller plate! And if you can’t find a smaller dinner plate, grab a salad or dessert plate instead. It doesn’t mean you can’t go back for seconds, but this way you can carefully consider what’s worth doubling up on.

Pre-Game Holiday Parties

No, we’re not talking about getting wasted in the parking lot outside your Aunt’s house before walking into her white elephant gift exchange. We’re talking about not bringing your ravenous hunger to a party packed with cookies and eggnog. Try to eat a healthy meal (like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins) and drink lots of water beforehand, that way you won’t mindlessly snack all night long. You’ll walk out of that party feeling like a champ, satiated with awesome company and a few yummy treats. #NoRegrets

BYO Healthy Dish

You might not be able to control what’s served at your coworker’s shindig, but you can bring something healthy to share! Plus you’ll win tons of points for being an all-star party guest. We’ve got an entire list of tasty holiday recipes that use healthier ingredients. You’ll feel better about snacking, and so will your friends!

Weigh Yourself on the Reg

Okay, we know stepping on the scale can feel more like the climax of “Nightmare on Elm Street” rather than “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But there is good reason to make this part of your Holiday ritual. Yes, you read this right. Here’s why: By keeping a close eye on your body’s weight fluctuation, you’ll know when it’s time to keep things under control and prevent pounds from sneaking up on you. Try checking your weight once a week – you might even become friends with the scale!

Get your Zzz’s

This month is full of reasons to stay up late, like watching your favorite holiday TV marathon special, or dancing the night away at what seems to be ten parties a week. We totally support that fun holiday life! We also support balancing it out with enough sleep, because messing with your biological clock can impact your hunger hormones and metabolism.  Sleep deprivation can make you hungrier, which can cause you to overeat and lead to weight gain. So find some time to get some rest and give yourself the gift of #SleepOnFleek!

Never Cook on an Empty Stomach

It’s no secret we are HUGE fans of baking and cooking, especially for others. And when you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, of course you need to taste test! Just be aware that all those samples of sweets could rack up the calories if you’re not careful. Good news though – you can control it big time by taking small bites (small means less than a teaspoon, people!) and making sure your stomach isn’t growling before you start baking. Let’s all #StayWoke – even in the kitchen!

– The goodNes Crew