Christmas Eating Guide: How to Avoid Weight Gain
Christmas time is the season for baking and eating delicious cookies and gaining weight…or is it?
You better believe that you can still bake cookies, however you DON”T need to gain weight from it (and all the other fattening foods).
How do you avoid weight gain during this time of year?
By focusing on WEEKLY calories instead of DAILY.
You need to pay attention to total weekly calories. For example, if you binge really bad one day, that’s ok! Just make sure to balance out the ensuing days that follow!
Start looking at things in terms of 7-day periods. Planning works wonders too.
By this, I mean that if you know for a fact that you will probably eat tons of food one day (maybe your family is coming over to visit and have a big dinner), then it’s much easier for you to eat less calories each day leading up to that day. Make sense?
If you eat a lot one day, simply eat less than your daily average for the next few days until you get back down to your weekly average.
Let me give you an example with numbers.
Let’s say right now you’re losing weight by eating 2000 calories per day.
Christmas Day comes and you eat like a maniac, consuming 4500 calories for that one day, that’s fine!
Just make sure you know your weekly average, in this case (2000 calories/day x 7 days = 14,000 calories for the week).
Let’s say Christmas falls on the third day of the week.
So up until that point, you would have eaten 2000 calories on day one, 2000 calories on day two, and 4500 calories on day three (Christmas).
So you know have a total of 8500 calories consumed and you have four days left in your 7-day period.
So we just take the weekly average (14,000) and subtract the calories you’ve eaten so far (8500) and we get 5500 calories remaining.
Since there are 4 days left, we divide 5500 calories by four and get 1375 calories per day for the remaining four days.
So you now must eat 1375 calories per day for the next 4 days in order to keep yourself at your weekly caloric average.
I hope this is all clear.
The point is, it’s perfectly fine to eat high calories on some days, as long as you balance the rest of the days out!
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Don’t sweat the small stuff, be conscious of your actions and enjoy the holidays!