First of all, don’t despair. You are not going to gain a lot of weight this holiday season. And if you’re a little careful, your waistline won’t change at all. Studies have shown that on average people gain about one pound.
This doesn’t change to fact that people tend to go off track during the holidays as many parties, family gatherings, and other joyous social events take place, all of which provide endless amounts of sweet temptations.
The most important factor in whether you will change your routine this time of year is the people you’re surrounded with. They tend to have to most influence on you when you’re at a bar or a restaurant. Everybody is encouraging you to try this and that.
Obviously, eating a lot and exercising less or not at all will lead to weight gain, but there are a few other, lesser-known ways that have the same effect. And worrying about the scale is the last thing you want to have on your mind.
Overindulging, overdrinking, overscheduling, and sweets are the most common causes for packing a few extra pounds this time of year. People don’t realize that they tend to plan to do a lot more than usual during the holidays because they want to catch up in advance with work. That’s making them tired, which makes them eat more.
Self-care and balance is key. Don’t let a few sneaky seasonal habits make you one of the millions of people who join a gym on January 1.