Putting on weight on holiday!

January 17, 2012

Well, I thought it would be prudent to show you how I got on over my two week Christmas holiday. I was actually quite shocked when I got back:

So what happened?

Well, I put on 4.5Kgs in two weeks, that’s what happened. That’s 10lbs, which is over two thirds of a pound a day!

Now, I knew I would put on weight. The holiday consisted of starting my first beer, a Piton Lager, probably sometime around 11am and not stopping until I went to bed. Breakfast was a big fry up, lunch always involved copious amounts of bread and butter, and dinner was always followed by dessert. In between meals there was an abundance of crisps, nuts, more beer, chocolate bars… you name it, it was a no holds barred eat fest that Adam Richman would have been proud of.Adam Richman and Food Freaks Grilled Cheese Truck at Brooklyn´s Bounty Wine & Food Fest

Basically, for a two week period I reverted back to eating exactly how I used to eat before I started on my weight loss journey. I did this for two reasons. Firstly, I was on holiday and figured that I would allow myself to eat and drink anything I fancied, whenever I fancied, safe in the knowledge that any weight I may put on, I’d be able to lose pretty quickly again after my holiday. Secondly, I wanted to see how it would make me feel to go back to my old ways.

I have to say, half way through the second week I was already pretty sick of it. I suffered from digestion problems and the inevitable unpleasant side effects that I don’t have to spell out here. I began feeling more and more lethargic and by the end of the two weeks found myself gravitating towards the chicken salads and away from the  steak and fries.

By the time I got back I was more than ready to get back to my now ‘normal’ lifestyle of good food and moderate exercise.

I was still really surprised by how much I had gained though and then I realised something. When I was 85Kg I actually needed more calories per day just to stay alive. Now I was only 67.5Kgs I needed fewer calories per day anyway, so by resorting to eating like I used to do, I was massively over eating. So not only was I eating bad food, I was eating far too much of it.

So that’s a lesson learned there.

I can’t see myself doing that again. As you can see, apart from a blip last weekend when I had friends down and we had a heavy drinking weekend, the weight has been falling off pretty fast just by reverting back to my normal routine. But I think for my next holiday, whilst I will certainly eat and drink some bad stuff, I won’t go overboard like that again. It’s not even fun.

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