What Happens to Your Body When You Pig Out Over the Holidays
by Linda Hagen-Miller, Healthline.com
The holidays are upon us. Tis the season to eat and drink! We found a great article on Healthline.com explaining what overeating during the holidays really does to your body! Click below for the full article or scroll down for some of the main points…
Did you know…
- The average American gains 1 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- The more you eat the more acid your stomach produces, leading to heartburn and slower digestion.
- As the body attempts to digest larger meals, it sends more blood to your gastrointestinal tract. This means there is less blood available to transport oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body leaving you tired and sluggish.
- Overeating also causes a spike in your blood sugar prompting the body to release extra insulin.
- The body starts storing any extra calories you consume as fat.
- Headaches, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue can all be caused from overeating.
What can you do to avoid holiday weight gain?
- Mindfullness: Eat the foods that you enjoy and savor them in the moment. Pay attention to what you put on your plate and remember that there are calories in alcohol too!
- Exercise: Try to keep your normal routine and add in exercise when you can.
- Rethink your favorite foods: There are many recipes available for “slimmed down” versions of your favorite foods.
- Forget Fasting: Many of us believe that by fasting, we are able to save calories for a huge holiday meal. This only causes the body to go into “starvation mode” so it holds on to as many calories as possible. A better plan is to eat a healthy breakfast, light lunch, and moderate holiday meal.
- Listen to your body: Start with small portions and enjoy what’s on your plate.
- Think before you drink: Remember to sip lightly, slowly, and choose lower calorie drinks.
- Sleep: Getting enough sleep is key to overall health and maintaining a healthy weight.