69% of Americans are overweight or obese and 55% are dieting at any one time. But dieting doesn’t work. In the end, most people regain more weight than they lose from dieting.
“Eating isn’t the real problem, it’s just a symptom. It’s not a matter of knowing what to do,” says Kay Loughrey, weight loss coach and registered dietitian nutritionist.
The holidays are famous for being a time of gathering and overeating together. Most holiday festivities center on eating great quantities of favorite and delicious foods and drinks. Yet, collective overeating is often coupled with extra stress, family conflict, and/or loneliness during the holidays. The result is weight gain that weighs us down as we seek a fresh start during the first months of the New Year.
With all the hustle and bustle it’s even more important to be kinder to yourself during the holidays. Try these three simple ways to go easy on yourself during the holidays and not gain weight:
- Find out whether you’re really hungry. Touch your stomach and ask yourself whether it’s your stomach or emotions that have set off your cravings.
- Sometimes when you’re hungry, it’s emotional. Pause for a moment and ask yourself ? what am I really hungry for?
- Really enjoy the holiday food and company this year. Slow down and savor your food. Enjoy the eating experience and conversations instead of gorging and passing out on the sofa after the holiday meal.
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Kay Loughrey, Biography
Kay Loughrey is a speaker, health and weight loss coach, and registered dietitian who addresses both inner and outer health issues. She has been featured in major media including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Newsday, and local television and radio stations.