The Calorie Clump Theory of Annual Weight Gain
One thing I talk about with weight gain is how the little things add up – drinking a full sugar soda each day, eating a bag of potato chips, etc… You can also look at it from the activity side: taking the stairs instead of an elevator or parking further away.
I read this article recently that suggests the annual average weight gain of 2lbs per year is probably more connected with “clumps” of gain rather than a slow daily trickle. Think about binge eating at a Sunday brunch or stuffing yourself between Thanksgiving and Christmas. All those social outings or stress eatings that can easily put you over on the “calories in” side of the equation.
What are some things you can do to be proactive?
- Weigh yourself at least once a week. This will help you understand if things are creeping up on you over time.
- Cut your portions down. If you’re eating out, eat 1/2 or 1/3 of the dish.
- Plan ahead. If you know dinner is going to be a big meal, make breakfast and lunch smaller.
- Stay active. While exercise can’t undo an entire pizza, it certainly is better than nothing.
- Be mindful of your triggers. Is it stress? Is it boredom? Replace the habit of eating calorie dense food with something else- a walk with friends, fresh fruit or veggies, etc…