Post 13: Gain 5-10 pounds over the holidays. Why not?

 If you are reading this you are in luck because I going to give you a gift. No, not 15% off coupon or the latest exotic berry juice from Polynesia. I am going to give you a different way to look at the holidays.

Now think about this for a minute. The time from Thanksgiving to New Years is about 6 weeks. It is a time where we can spend time with family. Business winds down for the year. We make plans for the next year. We have parties and eat and drink. And why not? It is fun and we all deserve a break. Please read that again. We ALL deserve a break.

So during a time of celebration what is this obsession and anxiety about gaining a few pounds? It is silly. This anxiety during the season leads to the dreaded “New Years Resolution” which never works. It never works because people fail to realize that being in shape is a year round effort. Weight loss is not a switch that you can turn on and off. You really can’t go from one extreme to another and I would even argue that you shouldn’t. What actually happens is that people eat more because they think they are going to go on a diet at the beginning of the year.
Now the other extreme of this is the person eating carrot sticks and sipping water while everyone else is drinking wine and feasting. Nothing wrong with that unless you are doing this as a punishment to yourself and that is what I see most people doing. This extreme self-denial never lasts and only produces frustration and self-hate.
Hopefully you can see that in both instances the intentions are good but the perspective is screwed up. You are setting yourself up for failure. You are putting yourself in the hands of clever marketers and pitchman who will sell you on the easy fix. Whether it is the magic pill or the magic workout you will waste time and money and I hate to see that.
For anyone reading this, the number one goal next year should be to know your body. Specifically, know your metabolism. Metabolism , as a casual definition, is the rate you burn calories. High metabolism people can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound but they have a problem putting on muscle. Slow metabolism people have trouble losing weight.
The nice thing is that with nutrition, exercise and sleep you can change your metabolism. Each person is unique but I am telling you this is the key. If you can fine-tune your metabolic rate then you can gain and lose weight at will.
I apologize that these blogs are sporadic. I try and fit them in as time permits but the next couple entries will deal with metabolism and how nutrition, exercise and sleep can affect it. So the bottom line is this. Life is short. Enjoy the holidays and know whatever weight you put on, you can take off and I will show you how.

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