Weight gain during the holidays

  • skyfox

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    Dec 28, 2011 4:37 PM GMT
    Hey everyone,

    We are almost over the holidays and Ive been noticing the softness that comes when eating over thanksgiving, christmas, and new years.

    I just had a quick question: How do you fight back the weight gain?

    I know its a matter of will power, but I was wondering if anyone had some creative tactics.

    Thanks!
    -Chuck
  • skyfox

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    Dec 28, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    I guess as an addition to this thread, is this true?

    Do leg workouts to burn more calories. Doing large muscle groups helps burn off more calories and help reduce that holiday weight gain.

    Source: http://www.sobeinmiami.com/5-ways-to-minimize-the-inevitable-body-fat-gain-during-the-holiday-season

    Seems logical to me...
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    Dec 28, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    eat everything in sight and go skiing!
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    Dec 28, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIn theory, working a larger muscle is going to require more energy to sustain so yes you will burn more calories. But this is assuming that your intensity resistance levels are appropriate for creating this type of effect.

    I don't have much advice to provide you for avoiding the holiday weight gain. You might want to look into intermittent fasting and give that a try now and then. I have tightened up quite a bit by taking this diet approach. It allows you to cheat a bit now and then without having to pay the penalty of unwanted weight gain during the holidays. In fact, I have about three to four cheat meals a week in order to keep my weight 'up.' Google it and read up on it.



    That's really great advice. I would totally go with that.

    Re: legs. Yes, they're by far the biggest muscle group so good solid compound exercises should make a big difference.... OVER TIME... not necessarily immediately. Although if your intensity levels are good.... they should boost your metabolism pretty quickly.
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    Dec 28, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    i don't see all that much trouble over the holidays except losing access to the gym when i'm visiting family. our farm is way out in the middle of nowhere but there are other ways to stay active...long walks, cross country skiing, etc.

    anyway, looking at the holidays as a time to let go and eat like crap seems like a bad idea. if you really need to let go over the holidays, perhaps what you're doing is too restrictive? i like the way i eat at home and don't feel a need to splurge or pig out. you might want to evaluate what you're doing and make sure it's sustainable.

    also, and more importantly, don't worry about it. if you gain a little weight or get a bit soft over the holidays it'll just give you something to do when you get back into your routine. it's all a work in progress anyway. i've never looked at myself and said, that's it, that's where i want to be. so a pause in your training just gives you more stuff to work on, which is really the fun of it all anyway.

    good luck and happy holidays.
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    Dec 28, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    Meh, gained about 2kg (5ish pounds) over the last week and a half.

    I've been lifting heavier with compound exercises (squats & deadlifts & overhead presses) in anticipation of the annual Xmas pig-outtery, with some attention to backing away from the Carbo-temptation Trap Table at work.

    Though my waist is only about a quarter inch or so larger, so I'm hoping that it is muscle gain and not merely carbo-fat conversion.

    After the new year I'll probably cycle in more kettlebell swings and snatches to amp up the fat burning.
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    Dec 28, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    It'a all about how important keeping in shape , is to you! For me, it's a no brainer, as I pretty much follow the same diet, as usual. The only problem, is what to tell all the "foodies" , who want you to try everything in sight. I tell them to politly "fuck off" lol (only kidding about the last part)
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    Dec 28, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    Eh, it's the holidays, who cares?
    Enjoy Life! Gain weight!
    That's what resolutions are for. icon_wink.gif
  • stratavos

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    Dec 29, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    if you're trying to gain muscle, it's ok to put on some fat to convert it later, and if you're lucky, it'll go to convenient places ;)
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    Dec 29, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidEh, it's the holidays, who cares?
    Enjoy Life! Gain weight!
    That's what resolutions are for. icon_wink.gif


    I agree. Enjoy life! Just don't go overboard. a five pound weight gain isn't so hard to deal with - a ten pound weight gain could be. So, indulge a little and get back on track after the holidays.
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    Dec 29, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    i try to skip the junk...substitute carrot sticks and celery for the sweets..have sweet potatoes baked and plain...and give all the sweets to my friends and co-workers...if i do fall...i go right back to my healthy eating as soon as possible...getting all sweets and treats out of the house asap..helps enormously................
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    Dec 29, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Although I want to put on some muscle weight, I go nuts during the holidays trying to avoid all the junk. I have no self-control and go on binges for days. This year was particular bad. Fortunately, the holidays will soon come to an end.
  • disasterpiece

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    Dec 30, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    After seeing my grandma, aunts and mother cooking for hours and days in the kitchen to fill their loved-ones' stomachs with traditionnal (fat) christmas food, I would really feel bad saying "no, thanks, I'm on a diet" to them.

    So I gained 4 pounds. Who cares, it's the holidays, I'll lose it in january icon_biggrin.gif

  • disasterpiece

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    Dec 31, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidAfter seeing my grandma, aunts and mother cooking for hours and days in the kitchen to fill their loved-ones' stomachs with traditionnal (fat) christmas food, I would really feel bad saying "no, thanks, I'm on a diet" to them.

    So I gained 4 pounds. Who cares, it's the holidays, I'll lose it in january icon_biggrin.gif



    Update : The scale was fucked. I actually lost a pound. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 31, 2011 12:02 PM GMT
    Yup, up about 4 pounds here but so what, I say live. icon_biggrin.gif
    I'll be trying to eat strict meat and veggies come next week until spring.
  • RunnerMD

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    Dec 31, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    I don't fight back I just plan forward. I am religious about logging calories and workouts in FitDay (both the website and the PC version). I can therefore track what my calorie deficit or surplus is going to be over a 3 month period. I put in things like the fact today I'm going to eat 2000 calories more than I'm going to burn, and the fact I eat more than I burn on the weekends, et cetera. From there I can see what sort of calorie restriction I need on the other days to hit my target weight maintenance. For me it just wasn't realistic to restrict my eating on these days. I've always tried and failed. So instead it's like saving up cash to pay for a vacation rather than staring at the credit card bill for the vacation after the fact.