Holiday Weight Gain May Be a Myth

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

I love the holidays. The decor, the music, and of course the food! Regardless of what holidays you celebrate this time of year it's likely that rich, indulgent food will be involved. In my family, in addition to celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa, we celebrate 4 birthdays and our wedding anniversary. When I started my 60lb weight loss & wellness journey seven years ago I quickly learned I needed a strategy to get through the holiday session without weight gain or throwing off my wellness goals.

I know first hand, it's very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holidays and lose sight of your wellness goals. Or you can go the opposite extreme and be so focused on restricting yourself from food that you miss out on the joy of the holiday season. You may have said, "I'm not eating this or that" only to find yourself overindulging at that holiday party.

It's tempting to just ignore your weight and wellness till January 1st.

However it's important to know. If you wait till the New Year to focus on your weight and wellness, you're at risk of gaining 1 to 5 lbs (average weight gain 1.1lbs) during the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Years). While your weight isn't the only marker of your wellness. It's can be an indication that your wellness is off balance. When you gain weight during the holidays it tends to stick around in the new year. Despite most people planning to lose weight in January most don't and the weight sticks around through the entire year. Over time, these extra pounds can lead to obesity and weight-related conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Fortunately, this doesn't have to happen to you. You may be afraid even to attempt focusing on your weight & wellness during this time because

"It's too stressful."

"I won't be able to enjoy the season the way I want to"

I hear you. After how crazy 2021 has been, I want you to enjoy the holidays. We all deserve to. My only concern is that indulgent food/beverages doesn't have to be our only form of enjoyment, especially as we look to a better 2021.

As an "emotional eater in recovery" with a sweet tooth I know first hand how challenging this season can be. But what if I told you for the past 7 years I've been able to maintain my weight & overall during the holidays and even lose weight too without major dieting.

If you'd like to know how I did it, keep reading. I'm going to share my Embrace You Celebration & Vacation Strategy with you. This strategy has not only helped me but over 30 Incredible Embracers get through the holidays with enjoyment while still maintaining your weight and wellness goals.