Christmas is just around the corner and festive treats, parties and temptations from television adverts can make dieting plans difficult. So how can you have a wee bit of what you fancy but stay in control of what you eat over the festive period? Christmas Day is only one day and although you won't necessarily put on too many pounds with a one day blow out, many people find that come the New Year, they are suddenly half a stone heavier. You may hear people say 'it's just crept up on me' but the weight will have been gained over time. So, let's have a look at my top 10 tips on how to stay in control with food and drink leading up to Christmas.
1. Portion control. Be sensible at the buffet and have a little of what you fancy so you don't feel that you're missing out. Pick one or two things you would really like to eat and then make the rest of your plate up with salad, carrots, tomatoes. The healthier options are often overlooked at the buffet but they will be there. It's a great way to get your 5 a day.
2. When drinking alcohol, pick lower alcoholic drinks. Pace yourself and have water in between.
3. On the matter of water, drink at least 2 litres per day. Every day! Many people confuse the hunger signal with the thirst signal. So, have a lovely refreshing glass of water and notice if this helps to satisfy the hunger signal.
4. Be mindful of every bite. Yes, chew, chew, chew! Digestion starts in the mouth and taking your time helps your brain recognise that you have eaten.
5. If after eating you still feel hungry, wait 5 minutes and if you're still hungry have a little more.
6. Get outside. This is a lovely time of year with clear, crisp days and lots of colourful leaves on the trees. Going for a walk will not only help burn calories, it will also make you feel good and give you a boost of endorphins.
7. If you get given lots of chocolates and biscuits over Christmas then share them with others or donate them to a good cause.
8. Plan your meals in advance so that they are healthy and nutritious. People make excuses for fast food but with careful planning and a little bit of meal prep, you can have healthy meals throughout December.
9. Use a smaller plate. Plate sizes really have become larger over the years. Having a full small plate can help trick your brain into believing you're having lots of food.
10. Be good to yourself and don't ban foods. If you ban something you'll find that you'll crave it. As long as your sensible with your portions then it's ok to have a small piece of cake. I usually tell my weight loss clients to sit down and really enjoy a treat if their going to have it. Three or four small bites is better than a large piece of cake.
If you are really committed to losing weight and need a little bit of motivation and accountability then call me for a free weight loss consultation to discuss your options.
Elizabeth Hollywood www.hollywoodtherapy.co.uk