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Halloween is when the Holiday weight gain really starts!

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Halloween is when the Holiday weight gain really starts!

Did You Know Halloween is when the Holiday weight gain really starts?

Most people put the emphasis on Thanksgiving and Christmas along with New Year’s, but the weight gain challenge actually begins right when the eating festivities begin. Halloween is a time of many candies and treats, but it needn’t be a time of expanding waist lines. The overindulgence of sweets during Halloween often leads to poor food choices following the holiday. The holidays should not be used as an excuse to eat poorly and thusly gain weight.

The candy and other treats are still lingering around the house after the holiday is over, encouraging bad eating beyond just the one day. This behavior can develop into a habit and then the holiday lifestyle follows. People then just put off losing weight until their New Year’s Resolution. You need to remember that Halloween is just one day, the eating behavior that is part of the holiday should last just one day as well. To get yourself back on track after the holiday start the next day off with some physical activity and a healthy breakfast. This often motivates you the rest of the day which carries on each day thereafter.

My other tips include:

1 – Only buy enough candy to last a few days, don’t stockpile for the whole winter.
2 – Include exercise during the morning of the Holiday to help burn off some of those extra treats you eat later in the day.
3 – Try healthy snacks, they will taste great and be good for you.
4 – Enjoy your treats, and don’t feel guilty about over indulging.
5 – After the holiday, donate, or pass on to the neighbors any left over candy.

Most people eat more candy than they really think between Halloween and Thanksgiving and then the rest is downhill after that. You need to get ahead of the game and set your New Years Resolutions right now! While everyone else is starting fresh in January you will have 2 months of results under your belt.

Remember candy is LOADED with sugar and sugar inhibits fat release! Meaning if your goal is weight loss then sugar is going to really hurt your chances of losing weight and keeping it off.

Today I stopped by WZZM Channel 13 to discuss some healthier and alternative options to handing out the traditional candy to kids.

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