Don’t let yourself get lazy, keep up with your normal level of physical activity as this not only keeps your metabolism going to burn up those extra calories, it also helps to deal with the invariable stress the festive season brings. Remember that you don’t need to take big chunks of time out of your busy schedule, 3 X 10 minutes is as good as 1 X 30 mins, and a lot easier to manage time wise.
Don’t veer completely off your diet plans just because of one glitch or over indulgence. If you fall off the wagon get straight back on it., don’t undo all the good work you have done so far because of one incident.
Be a thoughtful shopper, is there really any need to fill your cupboards with all those Christmas extras that are loaded with fat and calories? Nobody should complain that there isn’t another tin of sweets, or bags of nuts or boxes of mince pies. By not buying these you are saving yourself both money and temptation, and if you are hosting any get togethers, just buy what you need and keep them out of sight until the party.
Ask people not to show up with foodie pressies. Ask for perfume, toiletries, handbags and other calorie-free accessories to indulge in.
Don’t be tempted to skip meals to make up for previous or future overindulgence! This will only make the eating pattern out of balance, and may even result in hunger and temptation to eat more or the wrong foods.
Christmas can be fun but stressful, and people may have less time for themselves. They may be tempted to forget the diet, but shouldn’t this will make them feel rotten and resentful in the longer run.
Everyone should give themselves ‘me’ time and some space at this time of year. Treating yourself doesn’t have to involve food. What about a manicure, a long hot bath or a chat to a friend?
Having a non-weight loss day on Christmas day is of course perfectly understandable. But don’t go absolutely mad – there are traditional Christmas day foods that are very healthy and low in calories. Indulge in these: turkey meat (no skin), sprouts, carrots, smoked salmon and scrambled egg without too much added fat, fruit with just a few nuts. Don’t overindulge in the roasties, Christmas pudding and mince pies – just have a little taster of these.
Christmas doesn’t have to be alcohol free, but don’t forget that alcoholic drinks are quite calorific. More than one drink can also lower people’s mental ‘dieting reserve’, so that their attitude becomes: ‘I don’t care anymore about the diet, pass the nuts and chocolate!!’
Calorie-rich Christmas leftovers shouldn’t be sitting around in cupboards. Just throw them out. This may seem like a big waste, but to be frank: they will only be wasted sitting around on hips or belly after being consumed!