6 ways to avoid Christmas weight gain

6 ways to avoid Christmas weight gain

Are you asking yourself ‘How can I avoid Christmas weight gain’? If so you are not alone.

Anyone who is conscious of their weight cannot avoid viewing Christmas with some trepidation. Traditionally, Christmas is a time of indulgence, so how can you enjoy yourself AND avoid Christmas weight gain, which undoes all your good work from the rest of the year?

 Ways to avoid Christmas weight gain

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1. Don’t resign yourself to a month of over indulgence. It’s easy to put on a few kilos……just 6 chocolates and a mince pie will add 500kcal extra per day. Over December that will result in 2kg weight gain. View Christmas as being just two days: and you will be able to avoid Christmas weight gain. Treat the weeks before and days after just like any other.

2. Christmas food can be very positive for health…. ……turkey, vegetables, nuts and satsumas could all be counted as ‘superfoods’. Fill up on these, and go easy on the chocolate, crisps, mince pies, brandy butter etc.

3. How often do you find yourself saying, “I really shouldn’t have another,” and then do anyway? If you really fancy a mince pie, by all means have one, but stop at one, savour the flavour. And avoid Christmas weight gain!

6 ways to avoid Christmas weight gain

Guilty pleasure

A recent study from the University of Canterbury found that guilt can make people feel they had lost control of their eating and as a result, they were more inclined to abandon healthy eating plans. So instead of mindlessly chomping your way through a mound of Quality Streets, have a couple, enjoy every morsel and don’t feel guilty about it!

4. Don’t go out hungry. It can be hard to fit in something healthy if you are leaving work and going straight to a party. However, you are more likely to devour every sausage roll and crisp in sight if you feel starving. Be prepared…..have a stash of healthy options at hand so you can have something quickly before you go eg. Muesli with milk, a bowl of Branflakes with a banana, two pieces of toast with peanut butter, or some lentil soup.

5. Staying up late and drinking alcohol during party season is dangerous territory for sleep deprivation. Studies show that alcohol disrupts normal sleep patterns, and even a moderate amount of alcohol as much as 6 hours before bedtime can affect sleep. New research shows that sleep-deprived people select greater portion sizes of high calorie snacks and meals. If you have a string of parties in the diary, choose just a few special ones where you let your hair down and stay out late. For the others, go easy on the booze and give yourself a curfew.

6. Keep up your exercise routine. Christmas can be a stressful time, and stress can lead to overeating high calorie comfort foods. Exercise helps reduce stress hormones and stimulates the release of endorphins (the hormones that make you feel good) in your body. Why not get out for a run, walk or bike ride first thing in the morning to set you up with a positive frame of mind for the day?

Are you asking yourself ‘How can I avoid Christmas weight gain’? If so you are not alone.

Anyone who is conscious of their weight cannot avoid viewing Christmas with some trepidation. Traditionally, Christmas is a time of indulgence, so how can you enjoy yourself AND avoid Christmas weight gain, which undoes all your good work from the rest of the year?

 Ways to avoid Christmas weight gain

RELATED:
1. Don’t resign yourself to a month of over indulgence. It’s easy to put on a few kilos……just 6 chocolates and a mince pie will add 500kcal extra per day. Over December that will result in 2kg weight gain. View Christmas as being just two days: and you will be able to avoid Christmas weight gain. Treat the weeks before and days after just like any other.

2. Christmas food can be very positive for health…. ……turkey, vegetables, nuts and satsumas could all be counted as ‘superfoods’. Fill up on these, and go easy on the chocolate, crisps, mince pies, brandy butter etc.

3. How often do you find yourself saying, “I really shouldn’t have another,” and then do anyway? If you really fancy a mince pie, by all means have one, but stop at one, savour the flavour. And avoid Christmas weight gain!

6 ways to avoid Christmas weight gain

Guilty pleasure

A recent study from the University of Canterbury found that guilt can make people feel they had lost control of their eating and as a result, they were more inclined to abandon healthy eating plans. So instead of mindlessly chomping your way through a mound of Quality Streets, have a couple, enjoy every morsel and don’t feel guilty about it!

4. Don’t go out hungry. It can be hard to fit in something healthy if you are leaving work and going straight to a party. However, you are more likely to devour every sausage roll and crisp in sight if you feel starving. Be prepared…..have a stash of healthy options at hand so you can have something quickly before you go eg. Muesli with milk, a bowl of Branflakes with a banana, two pieces of toast with peanut butter, or some lentil soup.

5. Staying up late and drinking alcohol during party season is dangerous territory for sleep deprivation. Studies show that alcohol disrupts normal sleep patterns, and even a moderate amount of alcohol as much as 6 hours before bedtime can affect sleep. New research shows that sleep-deprived people select greater portion sizes of high calorie snacks and meals. If you have a string of parties in the diary, choose just a few special ones where you let your hair down and stay out late. For the others, go easy on the booze and give yourself a curfew.

6. Keep up your exercise routine. Christmas can be a stressful time, and stress can lead to overeating high calorie comfort foods. Exercise helps reduce stress hormones and stimulates the release of endorphins (the hormones that make you feel good) in your body. Why not get out for a run, walk or bike ride first thing in the morning to set you up with a positive frame of mind for the day?

(image credit: 12wbt, bbcgoodfood)