What You Need to Know About Overeating During the Holidays

You won't necessarily gain weight but that doesn't mean you should give yourself a pass


The last month of the year is not famous for inspiring people to get healthy and get rid of bad habits. People’s calendars are full with company holiday parties and family dinners in December. Gaining weight is, many will say, inevitable.

Treating yourself to your favorite guilty pleasure will not ruin your diet, figure (or life), but it can sabotage months of hard work training and following a healthy nutritious regimen. You will not gain weight from one night of binging, but you may be teaching your body to accept unhealthy behaviors. This is risky.

Many people start to exercise as an excuse to eat more and prevent weight gain. But this is another myth you shouldn’t believe, mostly because people refuel with the wrong foods. “Processed snacks, sugary carbs, bread, high-calorie pasta in sauce, and low-quality protein shakes with high sugar content, for example, can result in stomach upset, fatigue, and heart burn and will not promote healing, repair or energy burn,” Angela Martindale, a celebrity nutritionist, says.

“Remember that you can start fresh with a positive attitude to get back to where you were and how you felt before the holiday,” she adds.

December is a special time of year. But, if like most, you want to keep your intake to a modest level, then there are a few simple facts and fables of which you should be aware.

Click here for 15 things you should know about overeating during the holidays

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