With the holidays right around the corner — Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas — you might feel tempted to ramp up your exercise routine so you can indulge in some tasty delights at your family and office get-togethers.
But to be honest, when it comes down to the truth,
“Your chances of keeping off extra pounds over the next month are greater if you practice restraint [and moderation] at the table than if you exercise more post-pigout.”
This statement comes as the result of a research study that was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Within the study, it was found that extra exercise had little impact on a person’s ability to shed the weight that was gained during the holiday season, which tends to be about 1.5 pounds.
It’s imperative to keep in mind that while extra exercise is a good thing, if you don’t properly atone for the outcome, you might find yourself doing more damage than good. Take for example the fact that extra exercise will lead to an increased appetite. If you satisfy this increased appetite with the wrong foods, you very well could find yourself gaining weight instead of losing.
Also, to make a huge difference, you’ll have to add lots of extra exercise to your holiday workout routine. Take for example that you have 4 holiday get-togethers. At each event, you enjoy one piece of double chocolate cake, with a whopping 645 calories each. This means you’ll have to add an extra hour or two to your weekly workout to account for just one piece of cake. If you’re already pressed for time, then you most definitely will find it difficult to extend your existing workout.
It might be a bummer to think that you can’t indulge in sweets and other foods high in fat, but if you’re really concerned about your weight and health, then avoiding these foods altogether is the best choice to make. And keep in mind that there are plenty of healthy holiday recipes that you can follow to ensure you satisfy your sweet taste buds.