Friday, October 30, 2009
Preventing the Winter Holiday Pounds
My first article talked about students gaining the freshman 15 in the first two months of school. Now, if you've passed that test, the next step of the challenge of the year awaits: November-February, when many people in general gain weight from the winter season! The weather becomes cold and many people do not want to exercise outside--and the biggest challenge of all: Grandma's holiday cookies and family gatherings! Don't wait until resolutions come around January 1st, start now and take the steps of prevention to maintain a reasonable weight..
A student article from the UCLA website gives a very insightful Top 10 list on how to survive the holiday season. In short, they discuss that you shouldn't try to lose weight during these months rather just focus on maintaining the weight. It says that you should be physically active in between gatherings, avoid eating just because you are in a social setting, go in with a plan, and really focus on the social aspect rather than just being at the party and eating.
Personally, I think as long as you are sensible about what you are eating and exercise on a regular basis, I don't see the holidays as a huge problem. Eating in moderation makes it less difficult to get through the holiday season because it actually does fill you up. Oh, and maybe propose doing some fun physical activity instead of just sitting around at these parties--maybe challenge your cousins to WiFit or play activity charades with your friends on New Years!