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How to Start a Diet in the Middle of December

December 15, 2010 No Comments by Scott Isaacs MD

The middle of December is one of the best times to lose weight.  Why?  At this time of year, most people are fully in the holiday swing with shopping, parties and eating.  But while everyone else is gaining weight, you can get a head start on the New Year’s weight loss bandwagon.  You can lose weight now while the world continues to gain.  Losing weight in December is like having a double weight loss.

Losing weight during the holidays is not as difficult as it might seem.  This is a great time to get started.  With a few simple changes, you can make this a healthy holiday season leading up to a healthful New Year.  By mid December, many people have already gained weight.  But, it is not too late to get started losing weight before 2011 rolls around.  All you have to do is make the commitment to yourself.

As a weight loss specialist, over the years I have seen that people who start a diet in December are more committed and more successful than those that weight until the New Year.  The average person gains eight pounds between October 31 and January 1st.  To gain this weight, you don’t have to pig out on holiday sweets all day long.  In fact, just eating a little extra food can add up to big weight gain in a short period of time.

Eight pounds in two months…the typical weight gain during the holiday season.  That’s gaining just about 2 ounces per day for 60 days.  It doesn’t seem like much, but the ounces really add up and after just 8 days, you’ve gained a pound.

It is a well known fact that in order to gain a pound, you need to consume 3500 extra calories.  Which means that for every 200 extra calories you put in your body (or don’t burn off with exercise), you gain one ounce.  200 calories is not that much food.  Just a cookie or two, a mixed drink or a roll with butter all are about 200 calories.  This is why it is so easy to gain weight during this time of the year.

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So think about it.  If you cut out just 100 calories and add just a few minutes of extra physical activity to your routine, you can lose an extra one ounce per day, one pound every 8 days, five pounds every 6 weeks which adds up to 23 pounds each year.

Losing weight during the holidays can be incredibly rewarding.  You feel better.  You look better.  Your clothes fit better.  Your friends and family will respect you when you don’t gorge yourself at parties and family meals.  And best of all you are healthier.  You avoid the post-holiday feelings of guilt.  You don’t need to make weight loss your New Year’s resolution, because you are already doing this.

In my free eBook on beating holiday weight gain, I discuss many ways to help you lose weight during the holidays.

The holiday tradition of gaining weight needs to end.  This year can be your year to make positive changes in your lifestyle that will have lasting effects on your weight and health for the rest of your life.

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