The holidays could be someone's favorite time of year or worst enemy. Especially when trying to lose weight. I know for myself at least, it is one of the most difficult times of year for me. Not only with struggling to turn down every sweet treat that comes my way, but also with the stress of budgeting finances, family visiting or traveling to visit family, and should I even bring it up? The dreadful work parties that seem to never end with sweet yummy treats that you cannot pass up!
With the holidays here, it could be very stressful for some. The stress of finances, family, work, travel and other obligations, can cause an impact on one's health. Especially with weight gain. With significant and sudden life changing events, such as the holiday’s, could trigger an overpowering temptation to overindulge in comfort foods.
With a hectic, fast pace lifestyle during the holidays, it can cause you to turn to simple sugars (cakes, candy, chocolate etc), high fat foods and unhealthy snacking, simply because they are the quickest, and easiest way to keep hunger under control. However, healthy snacks and meals, can be just as convenient, and provide fuel for your body with the energy it needs to manage your busy holiday schedule.
With the high stress of the holidays, busy work schedules, such as working overtime and managing your family, can leave you little time to plan what to eat for lunch. When there is little time for meal planning, fast food, take out, the candy jar at work or the vending machine seem to be the most convenient.
When your life becomes busy during the holidays, and obligations take priority, exercise seems to be non-existent. Exercise is put on the, New Years resolution list, than continuing with the workout plan through the holidays. Did you know that a great way to manage your stress, and give your energy a little boost is to exercise?
Exercise also helps you fight those nasty sweet tooth cravings, and rev your metabolism to burn fat. Which is a great way to control your overindulgence of wonderful treats, holiday dinners and desserts. And, did you know, that a sweat induced work-out can also help relieve that holiday stress?
With more obligations and priorities on your to do list, before the holidays begin, it also means fewer hours available for sleep. Sleep deprivation is detrimental to your health emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Many individuals I have talked to, during the health coaching hours with the Thin and Healthy program, did not realize that sleep deprivation lead to weight gain.
Numerous studies show that sleep deprivation increases one’s craving for simple sugars, when the body is struggling for an energy boost. Lack of sleep also increases ghrelin hormone, which is secreted by the stomach and stimulates appetite. Another hormone Leptin decreases. This hormone is released by fat cells, which suppress the appetite and is also dependent on sleep duration. With the increase in ghrelin and decrease in leptin hormone, it can cause you to snack and overeat.
Sleep is not only good for the brain, but it is also good for the body. Especially if you are looking to lose weight, or manage your portions during the holidays.
The holiday’s are not easy, especially with food control, stress and sleep deprivation. With the right information, support and motivation, it will help control those nasty temptation to overindulge. If you, a friend or a loved one, is looking for support, motivation and meal planning, Thin and Healthy can provide excellent support and guidance to help get back on track.
Emily Jederlinich a coach for the TAC Thin and Healthy weight loss program. If you have any questions about this program you may e mail email@example.com or call directly at 541-207-4368