Christmas is just around the corner and that usually means festive weight gain for a lot of folks. With all the food available on the day as well as nights out, having friends round for present swaps, Christmas markets and all the other opportunities to indulge in a little ( or a lot of) packing your face with so many tasty things, how do you remain on track with your goals and enjoy yourself?
1. On Christmas day, with all that delicious and amazing food on offer, I have one piece of advice – Go for it. Seriously. Just go for it. Call it the cheat meal of the year and eat whatever the hell you want. It’s Christmas for crying out loud, enjoy it.
2. Christmas calories are still calories, so still be aware of what you are eating and try to load up on protein and veggies, all those roasted, mashed, and however else you have them will be calling your name and have them to round out your meal, not make up the bulk of it.
3. I forget where I saw this one, but the first bite rule is great. If you don’t nearly pass out with joy at the first bite of something at a buffet or snack table, don’t have more. Stick to the best, most tastiest foods and don’t just eat it because it’s there. Eat slowly, no one is gonna steal the food from your plate, enjoy it, savour it and take your time.
4. Remember you are an adult, eat like one. If you are gonna have snacks and chocolate and whatnot, make it the good stuff.
5. Remember,it’s Christmas day, not Christmas month! Sure there will be a couple of extra days of leftovers and festive lunches/ dinners/ nights out but remember to keep your goal in mind and don’t undo all the hard work you’ve done to this point.
6. If you heading for a night out, eat before you go. You will be less tempted to snack or grab something deep fried on the way home! Eating is definitely not cheating.
7. Everyone like a good beer or 3 and at this time of the year the opportunities to partake are more common than at most other times of the year. Remember that alcohol is usually calorific and it’s very easy to get a couple of extra thousand cals in over the course of a week or so that will really hamper your ability to maintain the progress you have made. As with point 3 above, keep to the good stuff, enjoy it and think quality over quantity.
Remember that this time of year isn’t the time for losing weight, it should be a time to relax a little and focus on maintaining the progress you have made and it can be a lot easier than you think.
Remember, quality over quantity.