Category : Weightloss
The Christmas season can be a minefield for those on a weight loss plan. Between parties, big family dinners, edible presents and rushed convenience foods you can easily end up overindulging, and completely undoing all your hard earned progress. These are some ways to avoid those Christmas weight gain traps:
1 Portion Control
If you want to have pudding, go ahead have a little pudding, but only a small portion. Dish up your food yourself if you can, and don’t be afraid to leave food on your plate if someone else is dishing up for you, just make sure you let the host know how amazing their food was.
Breakfast is key to kickstarting your metabolism every day. It is so much easier to make healthy eating choices when you aren’t starving and craving carbohydrates. Keep quick and healthy breakfast foods on hand so that you can grab them and go.
3 Track your Calories
Keeping track of your calorie intake and staying on track with your goals over the Christmas period is crucial. This self-regulated accountability will stop you from abandoning your healthy eating plan. Log your meals and snacks, and set reminders just in case the holiday chaos gets the better of you.
4 Make time to Exercise
Yes, Christmas is a busy time of year, but if you don’t find time to get a workout in then you will find yourself slipping and have so much more work to do to catch up in the New Year. Try to get in the most efficient workout in what little time you have spare. Work out plans from personal trainers can really help you to boost the impact of your work out.
5 Take the Healthy Option
Rather than having that super cheesy potato bake, go for the steamed beans. Rather than ice cream and pudding, have a fruit salad. Weigh up your options and pick the most healthy choice available.
6 Pick and choose your treats
If you know that you are going to have a junky dinner then maybe don’t go for those tasty treats at the office party. Work out which festive treats mean the most to you and prioritize them, let other goodies slide.
7 Present Intervention
Some family members and friends give chocolate and confectionary as gifts, which can be a wonderfully thoughtful gift, but not so much when you are watching your weight. If a serial treat giver asks what you would like, steer them away from junk food. But if you can’t stop them from giving you that box of chocolates, open them up and share them with others!
8 Stress Walk, Don’t Stress Eat
If your family gets too much for you, don’t stress eat, go for a walk. Getting some fresh air and perspective can be incredibly helpful for your physical and emotional health.
9 BYO Food
Bring a salad to a party to share with others, and to ensure that you have something to eat that meets your dietary requirements.
10 Get out and Enjoy!
Take on those energetic activities that you might normally dread and get out and enjoy the festive season.
Wherever you are and whatever challenges confront you, be prepared and you can keep your weight loss on track this Christmas. You’ll feel so much better if you stick to your plan and continue to meet your goals.