76. These are dangerous months
Oct 13, 2020
Fall is here! With it comes many joys. Holidays, chili, football, sweatshirts, fall line up of cable TV and video games. There is something for everyone from now until year's end.
While there are plenty of things to look forward to during the fall and winter months it is important not to forget this is when the downward spiral of weight gain starts for many people.
We live in a culture where food is used for comfort:
In October we "reward" our kids with sugar filled treats that inevitably end up in our desk drawers or stomachs. We get their battle with weight started as soon as they can put a costume on.
When November hits the cold weather starts taking hold and thus most peoples' activities levels are start tanking. On top of that the glutton fest that is Thanksgiving promotes some to eat so much food they literally pass out. Some families even have multiple turkey days. Back in the day we would at least go outside for a friendly game of football after eating. Not anymore. We are content watching other people be physical on TV.
In December holiday cookies come out and there is typically another massive meal. A few days later there is a night dedicated to getting blitzed because we made it through another year. Never mind the fact that the average American is already up 5-10 lbs from August, gym participation and fresh diets are held off until the new year starts.
I coach my people to have a plan in place on how to get through these next few months unscathed. This is easier said than done but if you don't prepare now you will likely wind up fat, hung over, and signing a ridiculous gym membership that promises to reverse the damage you did to yourself over the past 4 months. That which you will use on average for 2.5 weeks and then let sit unused for the rest of the year.
The gyms and programs are already gearing up for you in anticipation of your year end slide. I think you can do better. Let me know if you need help coming up with a plan. One that allows you to enjoy much of what was just mentioned without wasting your money or setting you up to regain any fat you might lose.