So with that in mind, and all that excess fat to look forward to, how do you avoid what seems like the inevitable? How do you maintain a firm butt when all you see are visions of gum drops and sugar plum fairies?
I’m going to tell you it’s easier than you think. No need to get out your pants with the stretchy waist band, this is not the hungry hippo Olympics, and you are not competing with uncle Joe to see who can down more stuffing.
So put the velour track suit away, and get ready to fight the bulge with:
3 Don’ts From Thanksgiving – New Years.
The ritual has been to skip breakfast, avoid lunch all in an effort to save the calories, and room in our stomach for the feast. We have it all wrong, and our bodies do not work like AT&T. When you go for more than a few hours without eating, you blood sugar spikes and it eagerly awaits its next meal so it can pack it on and avoid the next famine you throw at it. If you want to keep that turkey off your toosh, you need to eat a full healthy breakfast, have your usual mid-morning snack, have a full lunch, and keep your metabolism fire stoked and burning at full efficiency.
You've stuffed yourself silly, and it’s time for a Tryptophan nap. When systems shut down after a 2,500 calorie binge, your body can’t possibly use all those calories, so it does what any intelligent body would do. It stores the calories as bod fat to use at a later time. To avoid the more to love status, stay active after the meal. Help with the clean-up, play with the kids, or even venture into the football den and bring out your inner cheerleader. Whatever you do, stay up and get moving, force your body to use the calories from the meal. Your weight gain will be minimal if you can keep your metabolism up.
If Aunt Gladys is trying to stick you with the left over caramel fudge cake, stand your ground woman. Don’t let anyone else tell you what belongs in your fridge and your body. The bakery sales don’t own you; your co-worker’s éclairs can stuff it. You control your body and everything that goes in it. Do not allow anyone to stick you with treats that are too sinful to resist. I’m all for having a perfect serving of your favorite dessert and thoroughly enjoying it, but the second that treat hits your fridge, it turns pure evil. Its only prerogative is to sabotage all the progress you've made. Don’t let months of hard work go down the drain. Your healthy lifestyle is not something to be compromised.
Stick to your guns, and your guns will be here to stay.