Holiday season… 6000 cals per meal

Thanksgiving is over. But it marks the beginning of excess calories, decreased activity and increased laziness and excuses. Tis the season to be wobbly. For the next 3 months we will be forced to buy and eat more chocolate than we consume for the other 9 months of the year. The strange thing about it is people know it’s coming! We know! Yet we still allow ourselves to prepare meals fit for kings…. and his entourage…. and their friends. 6000 calories is what we consume on average. That is enough calories to keep you going for the week. And the problem is not just that one day. It’s going to the in-laws the week before. It’s the two or three Christmas parties we attend. It’s the left overs syndrome that forces us to eat the same thing we did the day before. Oh my, what a time?

What I would like you to think about is this. 3500 calories is 1lb of fat. Let’s say that from today onwards you are party to celebrations (not including birthdays, showers and anything else that warrants eating too much). Let’s say for the unsocial person it’s four different celebration with these high calorie meals. That’s 24,000 calories. Couple that with a decrease in caloric output because you are “too busy”. I will be nice and say you miss four workouts. Let’s call that 300 calories per workout plus the fact your metabolism is increased due to exercise while you are at rest. Add another 300 for that. 2400 calories. And I am being really, really generous. Rounded up we have 27,000 calories. That works out to just under 8lbs of fat….

I am not saying you should boycott the holidays. I am not even saying you should eat less. What I am saying is that you need to be aware where the excess is coming from and if you don’t want it to happen you should do something to combat it. If you don’t and hold onto that it will be another the following year. Then another the following year. Before you know it you are 50lbs over weight and you don’t know where it came from. I can tell you where it came from – holiday celebrations!

Anyhow, I hope this has informed some of you and I hope you can make some smart choices this holiday season so that myself and other trainers are not confronted with “I have to start from the beginning” or “I wish I hadn’t eaten all that food” or “how long until I can lose this weight?”

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