Being OKAY with Holiday Weight Gain

Recently, on a website that shall remain nameless, I saw a post about how to avoid holiday weight gain.

I reacted to it the same way I do when I see Facebook statuses about people playing Christmas music before they’ve consumed Thanksgiving dinner.


While it’s obscenely early, I’ve decided to give myself an early Christmas gift. I’m allowing myself to accept the holiday weight gain and not give a fuck if I’m three pounds heavier come New Years Eve.

I’m a happy eater, and for a long time, I wasn’t true to myself! I love the holidays. I love cookie swaps and hot chocolate and pies and festive cocktails.

I’m not trying to be Pro Fatty, but life is too short. The holidays are a special time and it’s because they’re filled with sugar, and carbs, and family members that make you want to drink.

Also, it’s cold out, so your body needs a little bit more fat than normal, right? 😉

Am I totally off base, or does anyone else agree?


  1. says

    Oh I love this! I completely agree, and won’t be depriving myself of treats. I won’t be the one not eating the food and bringing my own healthier dessert (I don’t even do those desserts ha) because it’s one time a year. I’m going to enjoy it!

  2. says

    People who don’t indulge over the holidays are suspicious. It’s just not natural. By the way, I want to punch myself for writing indulge just now. I hate that word. It’s all just eating isn’t it??? My favorite thing was a magazine telling me how much I have to work out per piece of candy. Bite me.

    • Colleen says

      Suspicious is a good way to put it. People who don’t INDULGE over the holidays, and skinny chefs…two types of people I do not trust. Also, I hate those articles about how much I need to work out to burn off the happy food I ate. I think, at this point, I need to be on the treadmill for approximately 17 hours?

  3. says

    yes yes! I definitely try to eat healthy foods to balance out my indulgences, but I really do believe in a no food guilt sort of situation (that’s the counselor in me coming out!).

  4. Sophie @ life's philosophie says

    Same boat over here! Depriving yourself, especially around the holidays, is so sad :( I think as long as I try and fit in some exercise during the holidays, I’m not going to stress about a few pounds.

  5. Ashley says

    I completely agree!! It has taken me a long time to realize this, but I won’t die if I eat what I like at the holidays and enjoy the memories of yummy meals together instead of focusing on the 3 or 4 pounds I may gain!

  6. says

    a. that’s my favorite grumpy cat meme ever b. ABSOLUTELY. i definitely don’t restrict myself over the holidays, i just try to keep it to the amount i actually want of what i actually want to eat. c. this got me really pumped for getting to eat stuffing in less than a month!

  7. says

    I’m a firm believer in eating what you want! So long as it’s in moderation and that you eat a little of what’s good and a little of what’s bad i.e. a balanced diet… I think it’s the key to be happy.

  8. says

    I completely agree. My mom is constantly trying to make ‘lighter’ holiday treats ever since she’s been trying to loose weight. It makes me sad. I don’t think we should feel guilty or stress over it too much! Just enjoy! Life’s too short!!

    I will say though I limit myself to only eating the sweets I truely love and can indulge in!! The extra carbs aren’t worth it for gross store bought cookies!

    • Colleen says

      Agreed on the gross store bought cookies and just eating what you truly love! I forgot to mention that – thanks!! :)

  9. says

    yes, sister– amen and hallelujah! if you’re feeling guilt the whole time you’re having your cake and eating it (and drinking your eggnog…) what’s the point? enjoy it! by doing so, you’ll probably be happier and more willing to go on a (tipsy) walk with your folks later, anyway. (wait… do i have to walk for 4 hours or 48 hours to burn off my candy cane???)

    thanks for writing this because it is just really fucking awesome. xx!

  10. Erika says

    We can’t be merry without cookies, candy, stuffing, pie, etc. What kind of happy holiday would that be?!?! It’s a short time frame in the whole picture anyways so living to the “fullest” a few times won’t wreck you.

  11. Adrienne says

    YES!! I am 38yrs old and this past year was the first time in my life where I truly enjoyed every bite that went in my mouth. If I wanted two scoops of ice-cream I had them, if I wanted potato chips I ate them, And..guess what. I finally lost those 15lbs that have been hanging on since my last baby 10years ago. I truly believe that letting go and totally being happy helped.

  12. says

    I’m going to be the lone dissenter here.

    Some of us have health conditions that make it INCREDIBLY difficult to lose weight. A 5 lb weight gain can take me a year to get rid of, and I need to carefully manage my weight for my health. I don’t think we should just “accept” drastic weight fluctuations in the name of socially acceptable gluttony.

    • Colleen says

      Hey, Victoria! You are so right – some people do have health conditions that make it difficult to lose weight, or impossible to eat all sugar they want. As it goes with 99% of my posts, this was not to be taken so seriously, or meant to be targeted at anyone with health conditions (because God KNOWS I have my own that make me unable to do several important things!) Thanks for being the dissenter! :)

      • says

        Thanks for publishing it ;). A lot of bloggers wouldn’t be willing to do that, AND reply thoughtfully, so thanks.

        I guess I get defensive because I work very, very hard to manage my health and my weight, and I hear ALL THE TIME that I *have* to loosen up and enjoy the holidays. Well, if I wind up insulin resistant, I won’t be enjoying any time of the year, including the holidays. So that’s that.

  13. says

    Well said, C! I think there’s a lot of truth to what Adrienne said as well. I’ve noticed that when I just eat what my body is craving and don’t think too much about it, the weight gain is never as bad as I thought it would be. And even if I gain a few pounds, they come off pretty easily.

  14. says

    Totally agree. While I don’t think the holidays should be used as an “excuse” to eat anything and everything in sight if you’re normally pretty health conscious, I do believe it’s a time where overthinking every single thing you put in your mouth should go right out the window. So you’re enjoying your time chit chatting with a family member you don’t see often and you accidentally eat that whole bowl of Chex mix and drink way more brandy slush than you should have? Fuck it. Tomorrow you’ll eat lettuce while thinking about how awesome it was to catch up with Cousin Sally.

  15. says

    Ummm, I absolutely can’t wait for Christmas baking as soon as this school semester FROM HELL is over with. Pretty much the only thing getting me through is thinking about cookies. Sweet, sweet cookies to reward me for busting my ass. Weight watching is for weiners.

  16. says

    I’ve seen those same things recently and they annoy the mess out of me. I agree with you. It’s not the end of the world if we start the new year with a few extra pounds. What is this world coming to if we can’t enjoy the holidays by eating a few goodies?! :)


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