You all know what I'm talking about! For many, there is a mindset of "what's the point...it's the holidays" this time of year. I see the pattern every year here at the gym. Attendance is at about half capacity now compared to other times of the year. Motivation is not exactly very high right now. The tendency to overindulge in all the food around us during the Holidays is at an all time high.
Here's some "food" for thought -
According to WEB MD:
Overeating, even for short periods of time, appears to have long-term effects, according to a new study that lends some scientific oomph to the old saying about "a moment on the lips, forever on the hips."
The study tracked 18 men and women, average age 26, who increased their energy intake by about 70% and capped their physical activity at no more than 5,000 steps a day for four weeks
'The participants' daily calorie intake before the study was on average about 2,270 calories per day and during the study it was increased to about 4000 calories. The diet was mainly from high fat, low nutrient fast foods, such as hamburgers, pizza and french fries.
Researchers evaluated weight, BMI, and other data at the start of the study, after the FOUR WEEK eating binge, again at six and 12 months later, and two and a half years later.
- The feasting group gained an average of 14 pounds after their one-month binge, while body weight overall in the comparison group stayed the same.
- At six months, the feasting participants had lost about 50% of the weight gain but still had higher body weight than they did at the study start. Five participants had returned to nearly the weight they had at the start.
- At 12 months, the overall weight of the feasting group was still higher than at the study start.
- At 2.5 years, the weight of the comparison group was the same overall, but those in the feasting group had a further rise. The average weight at study start -- 149 pounds -- had risen to an average of 160 pounds.
- Fat mass also increased in those who feasted -- from 20% of total body weight to nearly 24% after one month. At 12 months, it went down to 22.6%, but was still higher than at the study start.
There you have it! Some compelling reasons to keep it sane, especially during this time of tear. Yes.. there are days when you just want to just EAT ALL YOU WANT! I hear you! But limit it to ONE DAY, such as Thanksgiving.
The take-home message is clearly not to overeat in the first place. Once you gain it, it is very challenging to take it off. Prevention of weight gain is the best strategy. I know.. it's easier said than done BUT, it can be done. It all starts with you making that decision.
Until next time,
Eat Right & Train Smart!