Do you like to eat?
And honestly, there’s nothing I like better than a good – REALLY good home-cooked meal.
(Except for the clean up. I hate that part.)
In fact, tonight we’re having spaghetti.
Yeah, I know –
You’re not supposed to eat pasta, are you?
It’s not healthy.
Especially not the highly processed, gluten-FILLED kind that I eat – pretty much every week.
My wife uses cabernet in her sauce which is one of the reasons it’s so delicious.
Well, that and the mountain of parmesan cheese that I pour on top.
The cool part for me is, I can eat whatever I want and still stay lean.
I’m not saying that to brag.
And no, it’s not because I’ve been blessed with an exceptionally fast metabolism.
In fact, about 6 or 7 years ago it slowed down to a crawl and I started fattening up.
It took me about 2 to 3 years to rebuild it –
But that’s not what this is about.
This is about eating what YOU want this Holiday season and keeping the weight off.
You know why this is important, don’t you?
1) So you can actually ENJOY eating REAL food this year
2) More importantly – weight gained this time of year is THE HARDEST to get off.
See, most people think, myself included until I did some research last year – that the “average” person gains about 8 pounds during the 6-week period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
That’s NOT TRUE.
A study done in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the average weight gain was NOT the 8 pounds commonly asserted, but rather ONLY A HALF POUND.
Not so fast.
There are a few of problems with this conclusion.
1) The study was done in 2000 so it’s 15 years old. And obesity trends have increased 7% over the last 15 years.
2) It was a very small sample size – only 165 people.
3) The study concluded that the weight gained is never lost. In fact, the average person continues to gain weight every year without losing it.
Not to be a downer, but here’s some more bad news:
According to a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 38.9% of all people who have ever been overweight, will gain an average of 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) during the holidays.
Worse yet, those people paid greater attention to their weight and eating, had greater stimulus control, and dietary restraint than the control group, and STILL gained weight.
I’m 99% sure that’s because they used the WRONG methods and didn’t use these.
If you’re at all concerned about putting on the pounds over the Holidays, I’m not gonna sugar-coat this for you:
You should be.
All the research points to the fact that the weight you gain this time of year is virtually impossible to get off and you’ll carry it around for the rest of your life, adding to it each year.
Yeah, I know, what a Scrooge I am.
Pointing out the negative.
Look, I’m not trying to scare you, or worry you, or any of that.
I’m just looking out for your best interests.
I don’t want you to be like everybody else – the average person. We’re not like that.
Fortunately, this is really simple to fix.
You just need the right strategies – especially this week and next.
Use these 3 strategies and not only will you enjoy all your food guilt free – you could quite possibly* come out of this Holiday Season ahead – 2, maybe even 3 pounds lighter.
*I’m not saying that I’m 110% Ironclad Certain that you’ll lose 2 to 3 pounds in the next 2 weeks.
We both know that all depends on you and your willingness to be compliant to the program.