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Christmas: the weight-loss season

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I lost one of the pounds I gained way before Christmas during the holiday. I enjoyed a couple of desserts and could easily have eaten a whole lot more pie. Let me say that I'm a "pie guy". I love pies!

Thankfully, I chose to remain focused on my weight loss goals. Even though I exceeded my daily caloric requirement by a few hundred calories on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, stepping on the scale this morning showed that I actually lost one pound this past week!

So, what's my theory? I don't know, but I do know you don't lose weight by stuffing yourself with cheesecake, cherry pie and ice cream. Overeating is simply not a good weight loss solution. Having said that, here are a couple of educated guesses:

First, I burn up approximately one day's worth of caloric intake at the gym every week. So fitness is an essential ingredient to successful weight loss.

Second, I went light on food the day after Christmas because I really didn't have much of an appetite.

I think either one or both of these things may explain why I dropped instead of gained weight during the Christmas holiday.

The moral of this story seems to be that if you're doing what you're supposed to be doing most of the time (proper nutrition and exercise), weight loss will follow despite fudging a bit here and there.
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