There is no reason why a healthy weight loss plan needs to go out of the window at Christmas, or why you can’t make good choices over the Festive period. Here’s how:
- Remember it’s just one day, it’s not a reason to pig out for a month
- At parties, reduce your alcohol – it contains empty calories, messes up your blood sugar – making you more hungry, and alters your judgement so you don’t care what you eat . . .until the next day!
- If you are going to a buffet party, eat a small meal before you go e.g chicken salad, mug of soup, or a slice of ham and oatcakes – you will be less inclined to eat the buffet food. Avoid all pastries, food in breadcrumbs, creamy dips, salted nuts and crisps, and don’t go up for seconds
- Don’t buy food you don’t need in the house such as tins of chocolates or biscuits or salted nuts. If they are there put them out of sight
- Keep mince pies and chocolates out of sight
- Watch portions and don’t over-stuff. You will feel lighter with more energy.
- Counter calorific meals out with small high protein snacks, and increase your exercise. Get the family out walking or do an exercise video from YouTube
- Whilst natural nuts are a healthy snack, mindless cracking of nuts leads to a significant amount of unwanted calories.
- Many friends and family aren’t supportive of weight loss over Christmas, so it may be easier to explain you are ‘full’ rather than on a diet – they can’t argue with that !