The Science of Holiday Weight Gain

Christmas dinnerA lot of people will choose to overeat this holiday weekend. But you don’t have to be one of them!

Yes, you can set your intentions. Yes, you can listen to your body.

But have you considered the science of overeating? I think this pretty interesting…

Serotonin is the key.

Serotonin is one of your body’s “feel-good” hormones. Balanced levels of serotonin in your system help you feel confident and relaxed.

There are lots of factors that encourage your body to produce serotonin. Sunlight is the biggest one. So guess what happens when the days get shorter? Your body needs to find another way to encourage serotonin production—and a lot of people reach for the sugar.

Check out this quick article that talks about serotonin, plus 10 great tips to help you “control your inner cookie monster.”

Here’s one of my favorite tips that Mark Nelson shares:

Flip your script. So you slipped and ate two of Grandma’s killer chocolate chunk cookies. Rather than say, “I blew my diet, so why not just keep eating?” take a breath. Smile and say, “No big deal. I can stop now and still feel good about myself.”

Try out some of his other tips. And make sure you make time for exercise and other things this week that will increase your serotonin levels.

Take care of your body this weekend!

God Bless You,
Carol Tuttle

PS. For 5 more surprisingly easy tips to steer clear of holiday weight gain, check out this post from a few weeks ago to help you avoid holiday overeating.

Or treat yourself to a copy of my CD, Clearing the Emotional Issues That Are Keeping You Fat! This audio resource will take you through several easy-to-understand energy clearing techniques to release your emotional self from food and overeating.

Carol Tuttle

Carol Tuttle is a teacher, speaker, healer, and best-selling author of five books. She has dedicated her life to helping people worldwide create the lives and relationships they desire. She blogs to support you in creating your ideal life.

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  • DR. Sohini

    Dear Carol,
    Thanks a Lot…..