Q: What if I overeat during the holidays? What should I do?
A: Don’t worry. Enjoy it and move on. The extra calories were good for you. Your leptin levels are up, and your metabolism is ready to burn fat faster.
If, accidentally, you eat 5,000 calories in one day, you probably won’t gain a full pound of fat.
Forget the guilt! Tell yourself that you deserved it. The worst thing you can do is to fall into a shame cycle. This is why many people start extreme diets and exercise binges after the holidays.
I know, because I’ve made the same mistake many times. I’ve tried the crash diets and the cardio binges. You may see short term improvement, but then you hit a plateau, and the weight gain comes crashing back with a vengeance.
Weight loss is like a marathon, not like a sprint. Slow, smart, incremental changes in diet and exercise win in the long run. Listen to your brain, rather than your emotions.
Please post your questions below, and share this with a loved one who struggles with food guilt.
Cyrus Peikari, M.D.