Can exercise help mitigate the damage? Two of the sources in my bloglist offer somewhat differing takes on that. A Science Daily article suggests the value of an exercise-based approach if you are eating holiday treats "in moderation" and want to stave off "waistline creep. On the other hand, a WebMD article reported on a recent study showing that exercise had "no significant impact on holiday weight gain." Researchers weren't sure why that was the case, and they emphasize that because exercise has many other benefits, the holiday is no time to give up your worker routine. However, as far as holiday caloric intake is concerned, they concluded there is no substitute for moderation.
For me, I believe exercise is part of the solution. For one thing, it takes my mind off all those Christmas cookies back home. And if I feel as though I am maintaining my workout pace, I have more motivation to be choosy when I get back home and decide between a sugar cookie or an orange for a snack. The main thing for me is keep track by weighing in regularly, and taking immediate action (more exercise/less eating) if the numbers start going up sharply.
The Thanksgiving buffet we enjoyed at a local restaurant featured the best cherry cobbler I have ever experienced. It had a nutty crust -- walnuts, I believe -- that was out of this world. I confess: I had a second helping. But now I must pay my dues and go back to yogurt for a few days, plus the walking trails and workout room.'
© Robert G. Holland 2013