Let’s talk about the stigma surrounding dieting during the holidays. As the Christmas season is upon us, I think it is time we talk about why we allow others to dictate how we feel about eating healthily. Let’s face it, there may have been a time or two when you were on a diet and some holiday or event came up (let’s call it a staff Christmas party) and you thought to yourself “Ahh screw it, I am just going to eat and drink whatever I want tonight!” Trust me I have been there. But it is not this exact thought that leads us to ditch our diet, throwing it by the wayside. No, it is the shear fact that we seem to feel the need to keep the status quo during these times. What I mean by this is that we feel like if we keep modest and remain faithful to our diet during these events, it will appear like we are no fun or up tight and cannot let loose. We are afraid of what others might think of us if we say no to all the drinks, snacks or desserts that are beaming at our faces the entire night. Why do we allow others to make us feel this way? Why do we allow the potential discomfort of saying NO to something that will potentially harm our goals bother us so much?! Why is it not ok for someone to remain disciplined during these times, just as they always would day to day? Now don’t get me wrong here. I am all for living your life but when it comes to someone who has an extreme goal for weight loss or a tight timeline for a health related goal, why do we allow ourselves to sacrifice all of our hard work on one night or one event? I think it is time to challenge the stigma and stand up for yourself during these times. Yes it is hard to stay away from all the unhealthy foods that are spread out in front of you. Heck, you might have even arrived to the party starving and all you can eat is what is provided. In this instance find the best option available at the time and try to stick with that. No need to starve yourself here. In the future, try to eat ahead of time if you know that you shouldn’t eat any of the available treats or appetizers at the party. That way you will be less tempted to treat yourself during the event.

So all that being said, I want to challenge you this Christmas season. If you are currently working hard towards some strict weight loss goals, whether it is personal preference or out of actual health necessity, stay faithful to your goals. Stay the course. However, let’s make one thing clear, I am by no means shaming those who do decide to enjoy their life during these events. It is completely up to you how you spend your time. The gym will always be there waiting for you when you are ready to return to your routine and you can always get right back on track following an event. It is completely up to you and if you feel like you can afford to enjoy some treats here or there then by all means, enjoy yourselves and live your life! Everyone has different goals when it comes to health and fitness. Everyone is in a different stage of life. Sometimes there are periods of life where you need to choose to be more strict in order to achieve your goals. Other times you can allow yourself some room to go off track for a while (and heck you might even need it). In the end it is all about living your life in an 80/20 way. Try to keep consistent and stay on track with your health at least 80% of the time and then allow yourself some room to breathe about 20% of the time. This method of dieting should allow you to remain consistent over time with your health. The longer you stick with it the stronger of a habit it will become and the harder it will be to fall away from it. Worry less about what others are thinking of you during these times. Go for what you want and don’t let anything get in the way of that!

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