With Thanksgiving a little over a week away you might already be getting nervous about putting on a few extra lbs this holiday season. You’re already thinking about the pounds and pounds of food that will be on the Thanksgiving table, then less than a month later we have the winter holiday season with parties, going out, drinks and so much more than can hinder our weight loss, and even cause us to gain some weight.
Instead of giving you the same “surviving the holiday season tips” that you see everywhere today I want to break a few things down with math to show you why you should not stress as much you are about the holiday season.
As I am writing this today’s date is November 18th, 2019 which means there are 45 days until January 2nd, 2020.
To make things simple let’s say on average you eat 3 meals a day, which means you still have 135 meals until January 2nd, 2020. Now let’s all agree that after the 2nd the holiday season is over and things will go back to “normal eating”.
That means that between now and January 2nd you will make 135 decisions that will determine whether you gain weight, lose weight, or stay the same (which would be considered a win for a lot of people during the holiday season).
Now that we know how many meals we will have (assuming we eat 3x a day) let’s break down how many of those meals will truly be a challenge to make good decisions at.
To keep things simple I want to break down a few of those meals.
Let’s say that:
Thanksgiving Day= 1 meal
Winter Holidays= 3-5 meals (depending on what you celebrate)
New Years Eve/Day= 2 meals
Parties/Events= 5 meals
That adds up to a total of 11-13 meals, out of 135 meals. Are you really going to blame those few meals for your weight gain or lack of weight loss over the holiday season?
13 meals of out 135 is less than 10% of your meals. I think we can all agree that those few meals are not the issue. None of us would argue that eating “healthy” for 13 out of 135 meals will not do any good for you.
You might be saying I low balled those numbers. Let’s say I did and you have bigger social life than me, so we will double those meals. That’s 26 meals out of 135 which is still less than 20 percent of your meals.
Now I do understand the holiday season is harder with things going on but if you are serious about getting results it is time to stop making excuses.
So what is the problem?
The problem is we take those few days and fall for the screw it effect. We let one holiday turn into a week of overeating, one party turn into 5 nights of drinking and so on. Those 13 or 26 meals turn into 50-75 meals, which is going to be an issue.
Remember to enjoy yourself for the holidays and when you are at parties but then get right back on track the next day.
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