- PMS: According to the article, those who are prone to PMS expierence a drop in the brain chemical serotonin, and that can cause a spike in appetite--especially cravings for carbs. How to take control? Track your cycle using mymonthlycycles.com or the iPeriod app. In the week before and during your period reach for healthy, high-fiber snacks every few hours and choose those that provide a steady release of energy and satisfy your sweet or salty tooth. For example, strawberries and melted dark chocoloate or three cups of air-popped popcorned sprinkled with Parmesean.
- Stress: Whether your planning a wedding or under a tight-deadline, when you're in stress-mode your body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, prompting temporary spikes in energy, metabolism, and blood surgar. How to take control? Make a list of calorie-free stress busters which might include taking a walk around the block or listening to relaxing music. You can also opt for healthy protien like lean turkey or low-fat cottage cheese.
- You've been good all week (this one hit the target for me): People in the U.S. consume an average of 115 calories more per day on the weekend. This adds up to an extra five pounds a year and jeans that are too tight. How to take control? Spread out your rewards...a glass of wine one day, a frozen yogurt the next. Schedule a pre-dinner visit to the gym or go for a walk.
So tell us, do you have any "take control" tips to share? I think I've used every excuse in the article but you can read all the advice here.