Did you get stressed over the holidays last year? Maybe you put on a few unwanted pounds. If this is true, you are not alone. Most people rate the holiday season as the most stressful time of the whole year. Weight gain can be a problem as well. If you ask someone for their average holiday weight gain, most think they gain between 5-10 pounds and they lose it by spring. The good news is that most people do not gain that much weight. Typically, it is closer to 1-2 pounds. The bad news is that those 1-2 pounds usually do not come off by spring. You can think of holiday weight gain like a ring growing around a tree each year… something you do not want!
This year, you don’t have to be stressed or gain weight. In fact, with a tiny amount of strategizing and planning, these could be your best holidays ever! The trick is all in managing your cortisol. The main issue is that the food, the inactivity and the family dynamics can ruin your hormones. Cortisol, your main stress hormone, is thrown off of its healthy, daily rhythm. When this happens, you feel anxious, edgy and get pudgy!