Most of us know that Halloween kicks off the beginning of the holiday season and we’ll be surrounded by plenty of sweet-tasting and tantalizing temptations, at least until the end of the year. Nearly every supermarket in town and a few other retail outlets as well have devoted entire sections to the candy craze. It’s hard not to notice, and chances are you’ll be picking up a few bags of candy for the trick-or-treaters, but one question still remains: will your sweet tooth overpower your resistance to opening up a bag a little early and caving in?
There’s no real trick to the containing the consumption of treats, and let’s be honest here. Whichever personal diet plan you happen to be on; exercising discipline is definitely one of the most commonly harped upon denominators in order to achieve success. Whether just getting started or being knee-deep in reaching your dietary goals, cheating a little here and there can be done successfully, yet there are a few catches.
Your personalized weight-loss plan will often dictate how much you can actually get away with on a weekly basis. What may work to your advantage in managing the treat threat is that most, if not all store-bought consumable products come with nutrition labels. Whether displayed in grams or varied percentages, doing the math on products that contain carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sugars combined can be factored into your diet plan, but not easily.
Figuring out how much extra exercise is involved will depend upon what you consume, and how often. While paying close attention to nutrition labels, every gram of fat, sugar, and/or carbohydrate consumed will require spending a little extra time at the gym or sweating it out on the treadmill you have in your home. A little extra walking may also help, yet it’s also important to keep track of when you treat yourself to these goodies.
Metabolisms do not remain static throughout the course of the day, meaning that most people’s metabolic functions run on three different speeds: morning, noon, and nighttime velocities. Most of us usually burn more calories naturally in the morning, yet as the day wears on, an eventual slow-down in our metabolisms can occur. The evening and nighttime hours are the worst possible times of the day to stray from your diet, as it becomes more difficult for your system to dispel the extra calories.
By exercising a little extra discipline in these areas, you should be able to survive the upcoming months and perhaps stay on course with your individual plan.
It’s also important to point out that during the holiday season; family get-togethers dinner parties rarely come with nutrition labels to guide you through, meaning that moderation may be the best prescription of all. As always, we’ll leave it up to you in deciding how to proceed, and we’re confident that you’ll make wise decisions along the way!