Reasons Why You Get Fatter Over The Holidays & How To Counter Them!
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The Reasons Why You Get Fatter Over The Holidays… And How To Counter Them!

The Reasons Why You Get Fatter Over The Holidays… And How To Counter Them!

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year when you get relax while spending some time with friends and family.

Unfortunately, for many people, it is also the time of year when fitness goals go out the window.

At the end of the holidays, many people win up feeling sluggish, bloated, and a little bit chubbier.

There are a number of reasons why people struggle to remain fit and healthy over the holiday period, ranging from too much booze to less time exercising.

This post will take a closer look at the common reasons for weight gain over the holidays and how to counter them.

There is food everywhere!

This is perhaps the most obvious reason why people gain weight over the holiday period.

There is a veritable smorgasbord available at office parties, friends parties, and family Christmas dinners.

Many workplaces are particularly bad for gluttony over the Christmas period, with employees and managers bringing in treats to snack on.

The best solution for avoiding this problem is to be mindful of how much you have eaten.

Eat slowly and think about how full you are before returning for a 2nd helping.

You can also keep snacks out of sight while at work.

By moving those chocolate coated peanuts to the other side of the office, you can keep them out of your mouth.

You feel compelled to eat food that other people have made

If someone comes into the office with a plate full of homemade Christmas cookies or bowl of Easter eggs, it can feel rude to reject them.

However, you can still politely reject the offer of food if you explain that you are on a diet or trying to cut down on snacks this holiday season.

Your exercise schedule is thrown out the window

Most people have a regular weekday schedule that revolves around four things — work, sleep, exercise, and having a social life.

When the holiday periods roll around, suddenly the work component goes away for a few weeks.

You can sleep in, stay up late, and do whatever you want.

Unfortunately, throwing your weekday schedule completely out of whack can reduce the likelihood that you will continue to exercise.

Resist the temptation to go to extremes when you are on holidays.

Just because you “can” stay up to 3am drinking with your old university mates, that doesn’t mean you “should”.

Maintain a schedule that is similar to the one that you keep during the work week.

This will help you maintain a bit of normalcy and keep exercise as part of your daily routine.

The days are shorter

In the UK, there is less daylight hours during the Christmas holidays.

It can also get very cold in most parts of the country.

This can make it more difficult to exercise if you tend to enjoy outdoor activities like running, walking, rowing, and cycling.

Get around this issue by planning more indoor activities over the colder months.

Go to the gym or purchase indoor exercise equipment.

An indoor rowing machine, treadmill, or bike trainer will allow you to exercise on the most miserable days.

The shorter days can also make it harder to remain motivated.

One solution is to use a wake-up light alarm clock.

They will slowly adjust the amount of light that is in your room before you awake.

These devices help you wake up gradually and avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

You have no idea what you are eating

Another common reason why people put on weight over the holiday period is that they don’t know what is in the homemade treats they are eating.

You don’t know how much sugar is in that homemade cookie or how much salt was used to make the roast pork.

The solution to this problem is to try a small sample of the food first, then to use portion control for any foods which are particularly sweet, salty, or fatty.

A lack of time to prepare healthy meals over the holidays

The holidays can be a busy time of year, with many family gatherings and parties to attend.

As a result, it can be difficult to find the time to prepare the nutritious meals that you enjoy during the rest of the year.

One solution to this dilemma is to prepare some nutritious meals in advance of the holidays and freeze them.

You can then pull a healthy meal out of the freezer whenever you are hungry instead of snacking on the junk food that seems to be everywhere during the holidays.

Holiday stress causes stress eating

Many people find the holidays to be one of the most stressful parts of the year.

This is often caused by financial strain and difficulties dealing with certain relatives.

Unfortunately, stress can trigger stress eating, where you eat a large amount of food to relieve the symptoms you  are feeling.

Avoid stress eating by practicing stress reduction techniques like meditation, deep breathing, exercise, taking a hot bath, and spending time in nature.

Thanks for reading The Reasons Why You Get Fatter Over The Holidays.

Try these tips out to see if they have a positive effect on you over the holiday period.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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