Dispelling the Myth of Holiday Indulging

It's that time of year again, the Holidays. It's a wonderful time to reflect on the past year and enjoy some relaxation with friends and family. And with that comes lots of opportunities to consume treats, sweets and BIG holiday meals. 

Sounds wonderful! But there is one thing that creeps in there that I'd like to put to rest. It's the notion that you can somehow "erase" all that excessive holiday eating by exercising. While it sounds good in theory, that's not exactly how it works. I don't say that to discourage you. I want you to enjoy your holiday libations and food guilt free. 

                           Don't believe the lies!

                           Don't believe the lies!

Somewhere along the line we began to treat food consumption and exercise like a bank transaction. While there is some merit in consuming fuel before a large workout or long run, there is more to the story. When you eat a large holiday meal full of fats, carbohydrates, and protein, we don't get to decide where those calories go. Our bodies do that for us. It's like taxes in your paycheck. They are automatically taken out of our income and sent to their respective recipient. So while you may have burned 800 calories on your run that morning, there is no way for us to simply put that 800 calories right back where they came from.  

Simply put, a calorie is not a calorie. 

To keep this simple, if you are aware of the role of how different macronutrients work in your body and try to eliminate grains, added sugars, toxic seed/vegetable oils and processed food from your diet, carry on as usual. I'm sure at this point you know how to eat well during the holidays. Even if you splurge a little bit on foods you wouldn't normally eat, one meal is not going to make much difference in your overall efforts. 

If you are not aware of the role of how macronutrients work in your body and only ever eat what you feel like eating, don't start trying to exercise to justify eating excess foods at the holidays. While exercise and food choices can work well together, they are mostly separate entities. Enjoy your holiday food. Eat as you normally would and don't feel bad about it.  

If you are starting to notice weight gain and improper eating habits, the answer isn't as simply as eating less and moving more. Like it or not, weight loss starts with what you eat or don't eat. Exercise should be done to get stronger and be more physically fit. These two are not on a seesaw together. 

The message from society today is that in order to lose weight you must exercise. You must burn more calories than what you consume. And while there is some truth to that, there is so much to the story. Hiring a health coach will help you dispel the myths of todays dietary and exercise dogma and figure out the best ways to drop some weight and establish an eating and exercise plan that work harmoniously with each other.  For more information on health coaching, talk to an expert here!