With Christmas only 5 weeks away, here are some tips to help to stay in control of your weight
- Avoid stocking up the cupboard with all the Christmas foods. You can’t fail to notice all the massive tub of sweets available in the supermarkets at bargain prices. A whole tub of sweets provides about 3,350kcals! There are lots of other Christmas foods there to tempt you including mince pies, biscuit selection boxes, crisps, snacks, and dips. If you buy them, you only make things difficult for yourself. You’ll start eating them and then buy more. Put the money aside for a non- food treats such as a manicure or trip to the cinema.
- Christmas parties. Have a snack before going to a party so you don’t turn up to a party starving as it is harder to control your urges to overeat.
- Know your nibbles. Christmas time is when people then to nibble more between meals. Avoid skipping meals, stick to 3 meals per day. Stock up on low-calorie snacks such as fruit, low-calorie hot chocolate or vegetable sticks
- Enjoy Christmas drinks without piling on the pounds. When you are having fun, it can be easy to get carried away without noticing how much alcohol you are drinking. Pace yourself –drink slowly and enjoy your drink and keep track of how much you are drinking. Alternate alcoholic drinks with alcohol-free alternatives. See my blog on Alcohol and Weight loss for more tips http://wp.me/p8bMOo-l6
- Plan ahead. Be prepared, think ahead. Think about what obstacles might get in the way and devise a plan to overcome them.
- Keep on track. Continue to monitor your weight and keep a track of your food intake and activity levels. If you do have a slip-up, stay positive, identify the trigger, and think about what to do differently the next time.