Is “Excessive Celebration Syndrome” Making You Gain Weight?

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The Fourth of July Weekend Is Here!

It’s time to celebrate, kick back, relax, and enjoy the long-awaited celebration!   Enjoy the fireworks, the hot weather, and the “Everything Under the Sun Buffet!”  On the menu: cheeseburgers, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, buttered corn on the cob, ice cream, and lemonade!  It only happens once a year, so go ahead and splurge!  Yippee!

Wait – hold on a second!  Didn’t we just say that last weekend at our Father’s Day barbecue? And the weekend before that at the graduation party?  And the kids’ end-of-the-year school party?

Is this really a special celebration, or just the featured celebration of the week?

Actually, the “celebration mentality” happens way more often than we like to think!  Sometimes it’s for a whole season!

Think of all the family birthdays, celebrations, and vacations that happen throughout the year.  Then add all of the official calendar holidays:

January – New Year’s and Martin Luther King Weekend

February – Valentine’s Day and February Break Week

March – St. Patrick’s Day

April – Spring Break Week and Easter – maybe a vacation, too!

May – Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day

June – Father’s Day, graduations, weddings and school end-of-year celebrations

July – 4th of July,  multiple barbecues and lots of hang time

August – Vacation

September – Oh shit!  Weighing in after a fun summer!

October – Halloween

November – Thanksgiving

December – Multiple parties and Christmas season (which adds an average of four pounds to September’s weight)

That’s a lot of celebrating!  If we were to enjoy each one of these occasions with a whole day of splurging, and then add the entire seasons of summer and Christmas, that’s a lot of “festive” eating! That’s more of a weekly pattern, not a special event!

Managing these occasions is key to successful weight management.

What I observe from my clients is that ones who are the most successful at losing weight are the ones who stick to their healthy habits consistently, even at parties.  They have their head in the game.  When they splurge, it’s never overboard; it’s usually one drink or dessert.  They choose their splurges wisely, and rarely drop their guard completely.  On the occasions when they do let themselves go, they get right back on track the next day.

How do you handle celebrations and barbecues?

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