Christmas is the kind of time where we put our weight loss woes to one side and give those scales a break for a change. Now this post isn't about going all Bah-humbug on you in fact quite the opposite - I'm telling you to go enjoy yourself, enjoy the festivities but also letting you in on some quick tips to help you avoid that guilt groan come January 1st next year.
Christmas day is probably one of the fattest days of the year (with Easter following closely behind). We can scoff up to 6000 calories alone on Christmas day but it's the run up to Christmas that we can use for the shocked emoticon face. The reason for this is because Christmas can start at least 10 days before the big day itself.
I asked some of my clients when they start to get into the Christmas spirit with food and drink and majority of them agreed that from 10-7 days before December 25th, they start to get into the 'Diet starts next year mindset' and pop open the wine, open the tin of biccies. As said earlier, this post isn't about me having the Scrooge mentality around Christmas eating but I'm here with some of the tips I implement myself in order to avoid crying on the scales come January. So have a read and see which ones you think will be helpful to you. As always, if you have any tips, please do add them to the comments - you never know when a slimmer may use your tip!
My tips for avoiding the Christmas weight gain...
At the end of the day, Christmas comes once a year. The last thing you want is to feel deprived and not enjoy yourself (and that involves every aspect of Christmas not just the food and drink rituals). Enjoy yourself, spend time doing what matters most for you and your family and that is being with each other.
Wishing you health & happiness this Christmas time
Alleyne is a qualified weight management counsellor, author and columnist.
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