Keeping Your Weight in Check Over the Holidays

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 by 3 Comments

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

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Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer’s Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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  • Penny W.

    It’s a great idea to pay attention to your carbs and limit them. Reducing sugar intake is good too as your body likes to convert that to fat as well. A party here and there is nice to have a little something special, but if your Christmas season is busy, you can’t indulge at every event.


    This is so hard to do, but once you get your carbs down for a period of time you do finally stop craving them. I always feel a lot more energetic (although a little more moody) when I limit carbs.

  • Mom Meets Blog

    My weakness is sugar! All the baked holiday goodies are always my downfall. I’ve already decided I will be limiting the intake this year, already started at Thanksgiving.