‘Tis the season! No, I’m not talking about Thanksgiving or Christmas… I’m talking about that season between Halloween and New Year’s in which your healthy habits go hibernating. The season of irresistible Halloween candy, Thanksgiving leftovers, and Christmas cookies. The season when it’s too cold to run outside or walk to the gym. And, ultimately, the season where you gain weight and put yourself at risk for illness.
And then New Year’s comes along with it’s resolutions, and you realize that you feel like crap and look more like Santa Claus than you’d care to admit… so you decide it’s time to hop back on the wagon and start eating right and working out again.
Well, folks… you’re not doing yourself any favors. As this article from the Huffington Post will tell you, the routine of packing on pounds and then trying to shed them every year just doesn’t work. You can’t lose weight and maintain it unless you stick to a healthy exercise and diet plan… forever. Plus, constantly switching from a sedentary, food filled diet to a healthy one can wreak havoc on your metabolism.
So, for some helpful tips on how to stay healthy while still enjoying the holiday season, read the above article I mentioned. But remember one thing: your metabolism speeds up in the winter time in order to provide your body with enough energy to heat it up. Therefore, you may find that you are hungrier this time of year. But that doesn’t mean you need to give in to fatty foods while you sit on your butt all day! Instead, speed up your metabolism even more by eating right and exercising and you’ll burn all those unwanted calories.
After all, you don’t want this happening to you: