6 ways to stop Christmas weight-gain

Mince pies, plum puddings and bottles of Christmas cheer – it’s hard to imagine Christmas without a smorgasbord of festive fare. So how do you enjoy the silly season without over-indulging and piling on the kilos? Is it even possible? The answer is yes you can have a healthy Christmas. All you require is a little bit of forward planning and a decent amount of willpower. Here are seven ways to stop weight-gain this holiday season, without missing out on all the fun – and the food!

1. Never arrive hungry

Whether you’re hosting at home or celebrating around someone else’s tree, NEVER join the party with an empty belly – or you’ll want to devour everything in sight. Have a light snack 30-60 minutes before your festivities commence and always have a decent breakfast every morning. Skimping on breakfast to try and leave room for a large lunch will only make you overeat and leave you feeling ready to explode

2. Always offer to bring a dish

If you’re not in charge of the Christmas feast, offer to bring a salad or vegetable dish to add to the host’s table. This way, you will ensure that there will be at least one healthy option for you to eat.

3. Keep up your exercise

There’s always room for some festive season indulgence, as long as you’re burning off the extra calories with exercise. Just because it’s Christmas does not mean you should let your fitness regime slide – especially if you’re planning on sampling the ‘sweeter’ side of the season. At the very least you should spend 30 minutes a day taking a brisk walk around your neighbourhood – your body will thank you for it!

4. Control your portion sizes

When you’re circling the buffet table deciding on what to put on your plate, the best thing to do is to opt for a little bit of everything rather than a lot of one thing. Moderation really is the key to managing your weight (and health) over the holidays. This goes for alcohol too – sip slowly and make each drink last for as long as possible. And always pace yourself by following each alcoholic drink with a big glass of water.

5. Don’t eat while in the kitchen

Probably the most important tip for the festive season is to never eat while you are preparing or cleaning up a meal. Follow this simple rule and you won’t find yourself snacking while getting the Christmas feast ready, or gobbling the leftovers while you’re cleaning up after it.

6. Donate your chocolate gifts

Christmas and chocolate go hand-in-hand; gifting chocolate is an easy way of sharing good cheer and it’s an excellent present to give if you don’t know what else to buy. If you find that you are the lucky recipient of chocolate gifts this year, just remember you don’t have to eat it all yourself! Keep a bit for home, that goes without saying, but donate the bulk of it to charity. That way you’ll be helping your waistline, but also giving joy to someone in need.

2017-10-26T19:24:53+00:00

4 Comments

  1. Gabriella Monaghan December 30, 2017 at 11:24 am

    These are good things to remember throughout the year too. I love food and I know I need to work on my over eating. My big goal for 2018 is weight loss and that starts with watching what I eat. So these are good things to keep in mind, to help me on my journey.

  2. Vikki Sainsbury December 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Hehe sounds easy but no!! I’m sure I’ve put on weight already haha, that’s due to being a pig, the portion size thing is really important as I reckon a lot of us just have too bigger portion sizes. It’s not always what you eat but the amount (to a point of course).

  3. Amanda Carr December 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I love all these ideas I must try and stick to them as it’s easy to over eat this time of the year. But remembering to exercise as well is another thing to do. Also not drinking to much taking it slowly when drinking and waiting for a meal.

  4. Kym Moore December 19, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Sounds like some good plans to put in motion. Firstly a daily walk somewhere so we can burn off anything additional and secondly have salad available as an option.

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