With emotions running high, friends and family around and the air crackling with the festive spirit – the holiday season can ironically seem to be devilishly tempting you to throw your diet maintenance out of the window.
Though it may seem as if the temptation to overeat is all wrapped up in those besan ke laddoos or that shammi kebab, just being around more scrumptious food isn't the whole story. One recent study indicates that, for most of us, the drive to overeat at any time of the year is governed more by emotion than environmental cues. Further, they found that people whose overeating is triggered by emotions tend to have a harder time losing weight and maintaining weight loss.
Much like music can evoke memories, so can certain foods stir up memories, plus, the olfactory sense is a direct path to the brain, according to experts. So sometimes, even the smell of a certain holiday dish can evoke an emotional response that ultimately sends one back to the buffet table more times then they even realize.
Research shows that most adults gain a few kilos over the holidays, lose one or two of those added kilos, however they usually hold onto at least one kilo each year. This slow and steady weight creep finds most adults overweight by middle age!
Not a very festive fact – though it is not necessary to equate ‘holidays’ with ‘weight gain’. There are smart ways of keeping a check on your weight, and making sure the holidays progress with all the fun and gaiety possible. Here’s a quick peek at such slimming tips:
Even with such care, your best laid plans can still go awry around "food pushers" – friends, family members, and co-workers who refuse to take "no" for an answer when they're offering fattening treats. Learn the ‘broken record technique’, saying ‘No’ everytime they offer some more of the ‘devil’s cake’.
If you cannot refuse, take it – and then dump at the first chance you get, without getting caught. Just because it is on your plate, does not mean you have to have it. And stick to such a plan, instead of letting the holiday fever take over you.
Thus, the holiday season can be a real testing time for one who is inclined to be a foodie. Playing tug-of-war with your emotions on the one hand and good sense on the other can be quite taxing. The fruits of your sticking to your diet plan will show when you won’t have those extra kilos to lose as a resolution for the next year!
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