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Holiday Stress and Overwhelm Can Lead to Weight Gain: Traditional Diets Aren’t the Answer


Holiday weight gain is a significant problem, one that can further contribute to feelings of stress and overwhelm which in turn can lead to more overeating. Tools that help people making significant changes in their relationship with food while at the same time improving life balance and targeting emotional eating and stress directly provide a significant advantage over traditional diet programs.

Bellingham, WA, October 22, 2008 --(PR.com)-- People gain more weight during the holidays than during any other season and are less likely to lose this holiday weight than weight gained during the rest of the year. Moreover those who already struggle with their weight tend to gain even more than those who don’t. Finding ways to prevent and fight winter/holiday weight gain—ways to stay on track with eating, activity, and health plans during the holiday season is crucial. Unfortunately, many weight loss programs miss the boat by failing to address significant causes of overeating—stress, emotional eating, and overwhelm. Melissa McCreery, PhD, a psychologist and expert on emotional eating is especially concerned about the potential for increases in stress eating this season given the current economic crisis and climate of financial uncertainty.

In response to her clients’ concerns of mounting stress, the approaching holidays, and the resulting time and spending crunch that has led many to abandon their weight loss and wellness goals in the past, Melissa McCreery, PhD and Enduring Change Coaching (www.enduringchange.com) announced an innovative online membership program this week, Your Holiday Health Club (www.yourholidayhealthclub.com), designed to help members stay on track with eating and weight loss goals while minimizing overwhelm and stress during the holiday season. Your Holiday Health Club runs from November 5 through December 31, 2008 (with an option to continue into 2009) and combines online technology, specialized emails and downloadable audios, with teleseminars, a unique phone-in coaching club, and an online members-only forum to create a comprehensive easy-to access eight week program available world-wide to anyone who has access to the internet and a telephone.

A unique feature of Your Holiday Health Club is that it is not a diet or structured food plan. Your Holiday Health Club was designed to help members savor the holidays and stay on track by emphasizing quality self-care and life balance, targeting emotional eating and overeating, and providing a structured program of accountability. As Dr. McCreery describes, “This is not a program of deprivation and calorie counting, Your Holiday Health Club is about thriving.”

Your Holiday Health Club allows members to identify their individual goals and priorities while addressing inevitable challenges, hurdles and stresses so prevalent this time of year. Designed and facilitated by Dr. McCreery, the program has a strong focus on emotional eating, helping members find viable alternatives to overeating when stressed or upset. Members are able to use a variety of resources to stay on track, motivated, focused and in action with what they want to accomplish. The program is specially designed with ease of use, time efficiency, and cost effectiveness in mind—three big necessities during this busy time. Complete information about the program is available at http://www.yourholidayhealthclub.com.

Holiday weight gain is a significant problem, one that can further contribute to feelings of stress and overwhelm which in turn can lead to more overeating. Tools that help people making significant changes in their relationship with food while at the same time improving life balance and targeting emotional eating and stress directly provide a significant advantage over traditional diet programs.

Dr. Melissa McCreery is a psychologist, personal coach, and the founder of Enduring Change Coaching (http://www.enduringchange.com) based in Bellingham, WA. Enduring Change is a company dedicated to helping individuals worldwide achieve their goals with health, weight and emotional eating. Dr. McCreery has specialized in working with weight loss, obesity, and eating concerns of all types since 1995 She is the author of The Emotional Eating Toolbox™ 28-Day Self-guided Program and the publisher of the online newsletter, Mindspa: Resources for living the life you’ve been craving. Dr. McCreery is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Coach Federation.

Complete information about the Your Holiday Health Club program is available at http://www.yourholidayhealthclub.com.

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If you’d like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Melissa McCreery, PhD, please call her at 360-671-8520 or email her at melissamccreery@enduringchange.com
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