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 !

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