10 Tips about How NOT To Put On Weight At Christmas

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10 Tips on How NOT To Put On Weight At Christmas

If you're like us, you've already fallen into "Christmas Dinner Mode". For me it started with the Late Late Toy Show (Pringles and Jellies were my downfall). I tried to make up for this with a two hour walk the next day, but I can find that my habits are gradually subsiding.

Some of you may already be plowing through the Quality Street or Roses cans that appear in the office. Others have left their runners in the closet and used the cold weather as an excuse not to exercise. You may think that it is easy for those of us who work at Motivation to stay focused, slim, and fit during the holiday season, but we are all human. The truth is, we can delve into the chips, miss workouts, or drink too much alcohol. But if we don't see it, we can easily burn 3,000 extra calories over the holiday season (which adds up to around 4 to 5 pounds) which then take weeks to shed again in the most depressing month of the year.

10 tips on how NOT to gain weight this Christmas

This year, follow our simple, clever techniques to avoid those unwanted pounds – how not to gain weight. With a little careful thought, you could sail through Christmas, enjoy it (even more), and find yourself on the other side in January, weighing exactly as much as you went in. Now I know you know it's worth it. So give yourself a chance to feel so much better this January. Think back to times when you felt overcrowded, unfit, and sluggish. Don't you deserve better All it takes is a little effort for a big result.

  1. Fill in protein: We need a method of eating that will keep us satisfied and full, which means it's easier not to get off the rails or overeat later. On Christmas Day there is a protein and nutrient-rich breakfast with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs or omelette and avocado or vegetables (see our fabulous omelette recipe). These offer fewer calories than a roast or sugary snack and are more likely to keep blood sugar levels steady for the day. Also, stock up on healthy food before going to a party – that way you won't have to eat desperately and be less likely to dive into the buffet table for fried or sugary treats.
  2. Balance is the key: The Christmas holidays are a time to rest, relax, and spend time with family while maintaining a balance in terms of health and fitness. Keeping an eye on the ball will not only help your waistline – it will help you feel more animated so you can enjoy the festivities better and will make your mood more even (sometimes necessary when you are around "tricky" relatives are located). The trick is to eat little and often (and eat protein every time). And to realize that if you indulge yourself too much, you can pull it back for a day or so to make things up. Most importantly, don't avoid your motivational meetings during this time as they will help you check things out and know when to overdo it. You will get as much benefit from this appointment as your weight loss advisor will give you much-needed guidance in the right direction to keep the momentum going and, ideally, not to gain weight over Christmas.
  3. Be Alcohol Conscious: Choose wines with low alcohol content – the lower the alcohol, the fewer calories, and the less likely you are to have a bad hangover (with associated nibbles) the next day. Prosecco has a lower alcohol content than champagne and is cheaper. If you're a beer drinker, consider swapping regular beer with non-alcoholic beer (my favorite is Erdinger, which is also isotonic and has B vitamins which are great for energy levels). Liquor drinkers, be careful what you mix – a classic gin and tonic is pretty low in calories too, but tonic water has a surprising amount of sugar added. One serving adds 21 grams to your daily diet, which is roughly the limit of 25 grams per day proposed by the World Health Organization. If you can't break the tradition, take a diet tonic or use club soda, which is zero calorie and sugar free, instead. Most importantly, make sure you have a few non-alcoholic days (important for your liver, cancer risk, weight, and mental health!). Read our blog about alcohol and weight loss.
  4. Choose your enjoyment in advance: Okay, you will get off your program at times, but instead of thinking of yourself as "on" or "off" your weight loss program, dim the switch. For example, darken it by enjoying a special treat (i.e. a cocktail or pate), then choose it back up by adding healthy behavior (such as a brisk 30-minute walk). And don't have two goodies – try to stick to one at a point in time, which forces you to make a choice (e.g., may I enjoy mince pie once or have two small glasses of white wine (similar calories). Decide which one to win and try to plan this ahead of time instead of treating it as a spontaneous thing.For me, a treat is a bag of taytos that I would take over chocolate every day but have a way to have the chips AND the Wine should have the delicious BBQ zippers from Motivation that I always have in the house.
  5. Don't Forget Water: Many people reduce their water intake at this time of year, but it's one of the worst things because the more water you drink, the better your appetite control (and your metabolism works better) takes your imagination – water or still, take it does not matter. Better yet, "decorate" your water with slices of cucumber, sprigs of mint or fresh strawberries – you can almost make your brain think you have a cocktail – one with zero calories! Getting adequate hydration will also help you avoid the big afternoon slump and pounding headaches while cutting down on calories. Check out more reasons to drink water on our brilliant podcast.
  6. Keep moving: Forget the gym (unless you really love to walk). Instead, make activities fun. After lunch with the family, go for a walk, hit the dance floor at parties, take 15 minutes to catch a workout video, or play squash during downtime. The exercise not only burns calories, it also helps reduce stress. Find out how you can increase your motivation to exercise during the colder months.
  7. Enjoy What You Eat and Eat Mindfully: It is important that you prepare meals that you would like to eat. Enjoy every bite and make a conscious effort to slow down and experience the taste and texture of the foods you eat. Make sure you really enjoy your food. Enjoy every bite and taste. Place a knife and fork between the bites so you have some time to chew slowly. You will enjoy it more and your brain will have a chance to let your body know when you are full. When sitting at a buffet, put all the food you eat on one plate. This will help you stay organized and avoid the pointless eating that we all succumb to when there is food everywhere. Download our free e-book How Mindful Eating Helps You Lose Weight.
  8. Be a snack savvy
    • Swap salty peanuts that encourage you to drink more for unsalted fresh nuts.
    • Eat 70% cocoa dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
    • Olives are full of good fats and not caloric – a brilliant snack with drinks!
    • Take the icing off your serving of Christmas cake for fewer calories.
    • Just eat the bottom half of a mince pie or sandwich – you'll be just as satisfied
    • Make sure you have bought plenty of protein snacks to get through the festive season. I usually buy some extra boxes of bars and snacks during this time to help me feel healthier, as this usually happens when cravings are always high.
  9. Remove the blame: If you have it without guilt and worry, you can find that the stop button is more natural (just look at kids eating – they sometimes leave jellies in the packet or a half-eaten packet of chips – they don't make you feel guilty! If you do indulge in too much, don't beat yourself up. Realize how you feel after stuffing yourself and promise to do better the next day. It's about consciously watching how you feel when You learn exactly where your limits are by also eating a lot, which is not a bad thing.
  10. Enjoy the Christmas dinner: If you eat healthily most of the time, Christmas Day is a safe time to let go. Christam's dinner isn't actually that unhealthy considering the lean turkey and lots of vegetables. It's usually the dessert and chocolates that do the damage afterward. But enjoy them too. Take a brisk walk on Stephen & # 39; s Day and try to overeat in the few days between then and New Years to keep you feeling healthy, fit and rested.

Merry Christmas everyone … and to an exciting 2020!

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