Beating the Holiday Stuffarama

You’ve probably all heard how we Americans gain something like 10 pounds over the holidays. Well, that’s not quite true. Most people who have been overeating throughout the year are far more likely to take this time of year to take stock of themselves and do indeed often find that they have gained that weight but it just doesn’t happen overnight!

So, what to do? One of the easiest ways to eat less is to avoid what I call the Progressive Feeding Trough mentality…when you go from party to party, home to home and just pile on the food without considering the sum total of calories consumed. If you’re having real difficulty managing your weight this is a good time to start tracking what you eat. I’m not suggesting becoming paranoid and losing the enjoyment of good food; I’m suggesting eating mindfully, enjoying what you’re eating, taking time to eat and relishing taste, texture, aroma and presentation. That will help slow down and possibly eliminate impulsive eating. You might just think twice about that second slice of pie or that appetizer that contains way too much butter.

Another great way to keep your food to a reasonable quantity is again a simple method and works amazingly well.

Check out this description of the Small Plate Movement:

One-third of American adults are obese and the Cornell Food and Brand Lab is hoping to do something to reduce that number. They have launched the Small Plate Movement in order to help you realize how much food you are eating and, if you are overweight or obese, learn how to cut down your daily intake.

The Small Plate Movement promotes the use of 10″ diameter plates at mealtime so that you automatically decrease the amount of food you serve up. The neat thing is that you won’t even notice the reduced amount and you’ll still feel full. People tend to fill up their plates and that leads to mindless overeating. According to the researchers at Cornell:

A two inch difference in plate diameter — from 12″ to 10″ plates — would result in 22% fewer calories being served, yet it is not drastic enough to trigger a counteracting response. If a typical dinner has 800 calories, a smaller plate would lead to a weight loss of around 18 pounds per year for an average size adult.

That’s a lot of calories saved and a lot of pounds lost, so if you need to lose some weight, take the challenge at Small Plate Movement. The Challenge officially starts on January 1, 2009 but why wait for the extra holiday pounds to pile on? The challenge can be incorporated at any time for a one month period.

Well, that’s it for now.

Truly enjoy your holiday meals without guilt, without remorse, but with a healthy portion of mindfulness.

Be well.

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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