Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I hope you gained weight over the holidays


That's what I'm telling my patients.

Frankly I think for many (certainly not all), significant losses over Christmas and New Years carry a worse prognosis than small gains.

Why?

Simple.

To lose weight over Christmas and New Year for many would require an overly strict approach, a slap-your-wrist, wish you could have seconds, damn that stupid pie, type approach. An approach otherwise known as a "diet".

"Diets" by definition are temporary.

Lifestyles are forever.

Life includes Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed yours.

(And if you did lose, don't feel guilty, just ask yourself if you were reasonably indulgent and if not, perhaps loosen your reins just a touch)

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5 comments:

  1. Andrea8:34 am

    Thanks for that post. I didn't gain but I didn't lose even though I did have a few treats here and there. I believe that you are right about not totally restricting yourself. I still have my chocolate, now in dark and in moderation.

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  2. Anonymous11:27 am

    I have been eating the low gi way since March and I lost 6 lbs during December and in no way did I feel deprived. For the first time in my life I feel in control. I have a healthier lifestyle now, have lost 90 lbs with 80 to go and I WILL NEVER REGAIN THAT WEIGHT AGAIN. I don't feel the need to indulge anymore because the way I eat I don't feel deprived. I feel so much happier that I didn't gain for the first time in my life.

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  3. Anonymous12:06 pm

    Glad to oblige, Yoni! Happy New Year! VP

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  4. Anonymous12:22 pm

    Good point Yoni! I don't usually gain (or lose!) weight over the holidays, but what I find the hardest is that this first week returning to work. I am hungry all the time or at weird times during the day. Almost as if the holidays have reset my eating pattern. It takes a few days back at work before I am back to feeling not hungry when consuming my normal caloric amount during the day. Can we really reset ourselves ("stretch our stomachs")in just a week of consuming extra calories?

    Jill

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  5. I didn't gain, and even lost a bit - and I certainly didn't feel deprived at all.
    Just because it is the holidays doesn't mean you have to stuff your face for 30 days.
    Part of living life is learning how much is too much and how much is too little. I think that's called moderation.

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