Keeping Your Weight in Check Over the Holidays
The holidays are upon us and with them we face more treats and parties than any other time of year. It can be a challenge not to gain weight.
Every year I vow to do my best to keep my eating in check. I allow for exceptions, but for the most part I know that if I don’t make a conscious effort to curb my indulging, I can easily gain 10 pounds which will take me six months to get rid of. That’s insane! (I keep reminding myself).
It’s so easy to justify weight gain. According to the Centers for Disease Control the “average” American female is 5′ 4″ and weighs 166 pounds with a 37.5 inch waist. For the guys out there reading this, stop snickering. The average guy is 5′ 10″ and weighs 195 pounds with a waistline of almost 40 inches.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that to be my reality. The last couple of weeks as the weather has turned cold, rainy, and blustery I’ve let exercise slip and I can see it on the scale. This combined with the arrival of holiday season can be disastrous.
Over this year, low carb eating has really helped me drop weight, but the advent of the holidays has brought with it carb creep as I make an exception here…there…and more and more.
So how can I avoid weight gain over the holidays? I haven’t been actually counting carbs for the last month and a half, but I think to help me make it through the holidays without the extra pounds, I’m going to go back to counting to keep myself aware.
I know how many carbs I can eat and maintain my weight. That’s my target! I’ll use it like my bank account. When it’s spent, I’m done for the day. Maintaining is reasonable, don’t you think?
Photo credits: Charlotte Astrid