Binge eating before Christmas
It gets earlier every year! No doubt about it – the Yuletide celebrations start to kick in half way through October! Traditionally, seasonal nibbles were rarely seen in shops before the 8th December. It really is a big problem for those who struggle to lose weight and start a habit of binge eating before Christmas. The temptation of being in an office while a plate of tray bakes are being passed around, to not reach out with both hands can be overwhelming!
Yuletide will power
Is it a lack of will power that kick starts a binge eating before Christmas episode? I don’t think so. For most of us, binge eating starts as just “having the one”, because we are being good leading up to the Yuletide celebrations! Fitting in to the ‘little black dress’ is a synonym associated with a Christmas weight loss and can refer to shirts, trousers or any item of clothing we are trying to look and feel good in!
Christmas party season
The pressure we pile on ourselves to lose weight for Christmas is measured in the amount of weeks left, until the real party season starts, where we can forget about weight loss and just eat, drink and be merry.
Eat, drink, and lose weight
STOP! Who said, we can’t eat drink, be merry and still LOSE WEIGHT? The internet is full of starvation and fasting diet fads to lose weight quickly for Christmas. Oh, but hang on – Slim R Us has always promoted a healthy balanced diet – not starvation! Scrolling down the list of reasons of why Slim R Us advocates healthy eating is the simple fact that long fasting does not lead to healthy weight loss.
Is it possible to gain weight, while eating less? It is the most annoying part of a weight loss journey. It is so frustrating to be cutting back on our favourite foods, going to the gym, walking mile after mile, doing Pilates and when it comes to get weighed, the needle barely moves!
A healthy, balanced diet must go hand in hand with any exercise programme. Constantly counting, calculating and worrying about the next morsel of food is neither healthy nor balanced. A cycle of fasting and binge eating rarely, if ever, leads to sustained healthy weight loss.
The easiest trap to fall into when trying to lose weight is cutting back on essential nutrients, on energy to feed the body’s cells. These very cells, needed for survival, are rising at an unearthly hour of the morning and need energy to do the boot camp, or the gym!
Eat less and move more, is preached by unqualified fitness and diet gurus the world over. While to a certain extent, that is true, many of these so-called experts, advocate starvation and fasting régimes. The reality is, a very low calorie diet can have a detrimental effect on your health as well as your long term weight loss goals. It can be a major factor in a cycle of Binge eating before Christmas.
Weight loss calories
First, be realistic. Counting calories, carbs, protein, or counting anything, can become obsessional. Regardless of the ‘diet’, there are so many programmes circulating about weight loss, and they almost all involve counting something! Hence, when you ask, why am I gaining weight even though I am eating less, the answer is actually there in the question!
Perhaps you are eating too little? Going on a very low calorie diet, particularly less than 1200 calories, can have a really negative impact on your health. Apart from the fact, it is very hard to sustain, if long-term weight loss is your ambition. The side effects of eating too little cannot be ignored. Symptoms such as dizziness, headache, tiredness, nausea are all associated with starvation and fasting diets. These can have devastating consequences.
Complete the Slim R Us Health Screen. It’s free, and you could learn a little about yourself and your eating habits! Slim R Us is nurse led. A healthy balanced diet, making smart choices, has always been promoted. It is a proven successful way to lose weight and keep it off. Read some of our clients successes in Real Life Stories.