I know Halloween was so last week, but its effects linger. Halloween candy is still everywhere and those who wanted it out of their house brought it to work - thanks for that. Everywhere you turn there seems to be a bowl of candy. I am finding it impossible to resist this temptation and based on the food records I have been reviewing, I am not alone.
The eating season has officially begun. It coincides nicely with the return of cold weather and bulky sweaters to hide your increased girth. By the time New Year's Day rolls around you can expect an average of 4 pounds gained.
Or you can stop the madness now.
Here's a news flash: nobody has willpower. If you are to succeed in not gaining weight this holiday season you must rid your house and work of all tempting foods. As long as the Halloween candy is still in my house, I am at risk to eat it. If I have just 1 piece every couple of hours (what self-control!) it can still add up to 500 extra calories a day -enough for me to gain a pound a week.
My friend Esther recently pointed out that if we stopped eating refined sugar, many people's weight would return to the normal healthy zone. Stop giving yourself permission to have just one piece of candy - all of that candy adds up. We still have 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. Get your eating under control now by surrounding yourself with healthy choices. Remove as much temptation from your house as possible.
Gaining weight during the holiday season should not be a forgone conclusion. But if you do find yourself with some unwanted pounds, I'm booking appointments now for the January 1st New Year's resolution rush!