Post-turkey gorge check-in
Well, it’s over. Did you gorge yourself? Are your pants a little snug? Do you feel guilty? What do you plan to do next? Will you starve yourself for a day or two, and ultimately say ‘heck with it’, I’ll eat better after January 1st?
These are all VERY important questions to ask yourself. Why? Because if you give the undesired responses to those questions (what most people do), you’ll be falling into the ‘fat trap’ (what most people do), and more likely to fall into the ‘early chronic disease trap’ (what most people do as well).
Can I offer a few humble suggestions?
Question #1 (Did you gorge yourself): I sincerely hope you did. When they passed around all the servings of stuffing you thought could handle, I hope you did like I did, un-notched your belt, reclined slightly, and proudly said “I’ll take another!”
Question #2. (Pants a little snug): If you’re lucky they’ll be. Hundreds of years ago, one of the functions of a feast like this was to take in enough food to survive the scarce winter months. Today, with the abundance of McFat burgers and daily “comfort food” gorges, we don’t seem to have a problem with food to get us through the winter. With all the food and dessert over Thanksgiving that you probably ingested, your hormones probably converted a lot of food into your fat stores, making your pants a little bit snug.
Question #3 (Feel guilty–extremely important). If there was ever a time to not feel guilty, this would be it. You just had a major holiday feast. You might have even extended the feast for the next couple of days, and put on 5-10 pounds. IT’S OK. Embrace it. Studies show that strong feelings of guilt co-inside with periods of starvation followed by ‘binge’ behavior. Simply restated:
You guilty= You overweight
I would suggest that you look back with fondness about the experience, and embrace where your current pant size. In fact, some studies show that those calories you ate can increase your metabolism to help you ultimately lose more weightin the long-term.
Question #4 (What will you do now): This is the most important question to ask. Research says that skipping meals, or severely lowering your calorie counts will only lead to weight loss failure. So, if you’re thinking of paying your penance by skipping upcoming meals, I would strongly urge you to think again. Will you say “screw it”, I’m just waiting until after Jan 1? You could do this–many people do. But really, how great will you feel another 10-15 pounds heavier in January when you actually would decide to be responsible for your weight and your health?
The reality is, you have plenty of choices today regarding your weight and ultimately your health. I would strongly urge you toaccept responsibility now for the meals you’ll eat today. Looking for ideas how to? Click here. I hope that when Jan 1st rolls around, you’ll already be happy with what you see, and avoid the other ‘fat trap’ of the New Year’s resolution.