The holiday season is here, which means all of your favorite foods and desserts are back! Before you go indulging in all of these yummy treats, though, consider that doing so might cause you to gain unwanted weight that may be difficult to shed once the new year arrives. Rather than doing that to your body, why not take steps to maintain your weight and your health during this festive time of year?
If you’re like a lot of people, you might think that you can simply exercise more in order to eat more of the foods that you love over the holidays, but is this true? Can you really just put more time in at the gym so that you can eat more cookies and pie?
According to Shape, if you are able to exercise more on a regular basis throughout the holiday season, you might be able to keep the weight off, even if you end up overeating. In fact, a study has found that consistent workouts can have protective effects even if you have overeaten for a whole week.
Here’s how the research went down: experts asked individuals to either stick to a workout routine consisting of roughly 2.5 hours of cardio for a minimum of six days weekly, or avoid exercise altogether. At the same time, the study participants ate 30% more calories than they normally would for a week.
What did the researchers find? Well, those individuals who ended up avoiding exercise while overeating ended up gaining fat. What’s even scarier, though, is that their markers for diabetes and heart disease also went up. On the other hand, those who were active throughout the week, despite overeating, didn’t experience those effects because the workouts helped protect their health. In other words, yes, choosing to exercise more is the smart choice if you want to avoid holiday weight gain.
Exercising more during the holidays, when you are more likely to consume more calories than you normally would, is fine. However, it’s important to remember that this strategy won’t really work long-term, such as for a couple of months.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s all about consistency. With increased consistency comes extra protection for your health. Therefore, it is a great idea to exercise more during the holidays, but you need to do so regularly in order to reap the benefits.
Ready to take in all of the tasty foods of the holiday season? Just be sure to maintain your weight by exercising more.