Christmas is just round the corner. There will be parties, celebrations, food and champagne. Ahhhh….that irresistible succulent Christmas turkey and sumptious pudding. That mouth watering new year buffet and the countdown champagne are so tempting. Your spirit is willing but your flesh is weak.
So what is the price you pay for your holiday binge? A few pounds when you step on the scales on the 1 January?
Will you feel like pulling your hair out and then spend the rest of January crash dieting to try and lose the weight?
Well fret not my friends because with a little thought and planning, you can avoid the dreaded Christmas and New Year weight gain!
Here are my top tips:
1) Just Remember that the holiday season is just a few days.
So that the days you squeal , “I will gain weight around Christmas,” or “I know I will gain 5 pounds during holiday season” or “I’ll start a weight loss programme in January.” are over.
Well, since you know that there is only a couple of days you will eat more, then you just eat more on those days and no more.
Don’t let your Christmas/Boxing day overeating seep in to the whole week in between Christmas and New Year! Get rid of leftovers or give them to guests to take home with them. Empty fridge and the shelves. This will help you not to put on too much weight so you need not lose weight post holiday season. Try only buying what you will need – the shops are only shut for 2 days, so you don’t need to buy a month of food to consume (yeah, we’ve all done it!)
2) Turn Off Your TV Set
Hey! Instead of watching all those holiday special programs on your goggle box, get moving! Instead of watching the football on TV, get a ball and go to the nearest park for a kick around. Instead of lying on your couch snacking to a packet of chips, go lie by the poolside, then do a few laps. Better still, get your family and friends to join you. Go for a jog instead. If its coldbe innovative, think of some indoor activities or exercises you can do.While others gain weight, you may even lose weight. Afterall its a holiday. Have fun!
3) Avoid Acohol To Avoid Weight Gain
Alcohol is jam packed full of sugar and empty calories – that means they are of absolutely no nutritional value to you at all! In fact they will spike your blood sugar, which will then crash and leave you craving food when you’re not even hungry! One gram of alcohol packs a walloping 7 calories. In contrast, carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram. Alcohol calories will rapidly convert into fat when you do not burn them off quickly. Avoid high-calorie mixed drinks like cocktails that are full of sugar or beer which are high in carbohydrates which translate into even more calories. You will definitely need to be on a weight loss program if you indulge in too much alcohol.
4) Drink Plenty Of Water
Juices, soft drinks and coffee don’t count! Just good ole plain water. Water flushes out toxins in the body, helps the body recover from dehydration caused by alcohol consumption. You will also feel full so that you will not over eat resulting in gaining weight.
5) Skip Dessert To Lose Weight
Do you need those sweet and calorie laden thingies? If you must have them, choose those that are not that sweet or even better, just have some fibrous fruits and nuts. Do this to keep your weight in check.
If you can keep to these tips this Christmas, then you’ll be setting yourself up well to not gain much weight, or anything you do gain over Christmas and Boxing day will be gone by New Years! Sounds simple doesn’t it!
Merry Christmas everyone – remember it is just 2 days – enjoy them but don’t let them derail you from your goals!