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It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Years, it’s what you eat between New Year’s and Christmas

Posted by David Boffey | Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 14:12 PM

"It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Years, it’s what you eat between New Year’s and Christmas."

This quote reveals a lot about the games that many of us play when it comes to our nutrition and mindset. For those of us that partake in overindulgence during the holidays, there tends to be two personality types:
  1. Those who have an internal dialogue of “I’ll be good after New Years” and who never really intend on cleaning up their act
  2. Those who have an internal dialogue of “I’ll be good after New Years”, and who truly intend on taking action January 1st.

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If you are or have been one of these people and want to escape this trap, you may need to reconsider your approach to the Holidays. Our metabolism does not know what day of the week it is, what month it is or what year it is. Our adipose cells (fat) do not care what we intend on eating/doing or what we think about your food. Our body, does however, react to all of our stress and overthinking about food, and to the day-to-day little overeating indulgences. Eating “too much” for several days a year is not the reason why people gain bodyfat and accumulate more and more of it every year. Having a caloric imbalance due to poor diet and low activity/exercise levels year-round is the reason why people gain bodyfat. We cannot burn off a week of overeating with a week of exercising, it is physiologically and emotionally exhausting to our bodies.
 

Enjoy a guilt-free holiday season, and if you are serious about improving your health and fitness, begin the process NOW by taking the only two proven steps for success:

1. Set a realistic goal, write it down and post it somewhere you see everyday.

2. Take at least one action everyday that you know will guarantee progress towards your goal.

This blog was written by David Boffey, Fitnness Director and Personal Trainer at Body Kinetics Novato

Topics: Overeating, Guilt Free Holiday Season, New Year Fitness Goal, Holiday Health and Fitness

Written by David Boffey

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