Tips for Dieting Over Christmas
(Tips for Dieting Over Christmas)It’s challenging to stick to a weight loss diet at the best of times, but you may feel it is impossible over Christmas and New Year.
It takes just 500 excess calories a day for a week to gain one pound in weight, and it is easy to overeat at Christmas. Here are some points for avoiding putting on weight during the festive period, even if you don’t lose any that week.
- Alcohol is full of empty calories. Try to stick to low-calorie soft drinks or at least dilute a dry white wine with soda or sparkling mineral water.
- Don’t tell everybody you aren’t drinking. Some people, especially when they have had quite a few drinks themselves, see that as a challenge.
- Have a meal before you go to a party.
- Don’t stand by the food, chatting.
- If you didn’t have time for a meal, select what you want to eat and put it on one plate. Then move away from the buffet. That way, you can keep track of the amount of food and the type that you have consumed.
- You don’t have to eat and drink to excess to have a good time. Work out before you go what you are going to drink. If there is a buffet, avoid pastries, stick to salads and fruit. Snacks in filo pastry have fewer calories than other kinds of bread.
- In restaurants, choose grilled dishes without sauces or other low calories, low-fat options.
Start the day with an excellent healthy breakfast. If you aren’t hungry, you won’t be tempted by mince pies, sausage rolls, chocolates, and other snacks.
During festive meals, especially Christmas Day, accept a glass of wine but sip it just for toast. Assured that you have a glass of water and drink that first. Nobody will mark that you haven’t drunk much wine or that most are left at the end.
At home, don’t go overboard preparing lots of snacks like mince pies and sausage rolls, you will only be tempted to eat them. If you visit friends or family, try not to stand or sit next to a selection of calorie-rich snacks – you might find you have eaten them without noticing!
Christmas dinner is such a tradition that you really will feel like a martyr if you don’t eat it. If you are cooking the dinner, don’t put the potatoes into fat; instead, spray them with olive oil to keep the calories down.
Don’t eat traditional English Christmas pudding! Just 100g, about 4ozs, can include around 330 calories and 11.8g of fat, and that is out cream or drink butter. If you are desperate for some, eat a spoonful from somebody else’s plate so you won’t be tempted to eat a full portion.
Make sure you have some of your favorite low-calorie, low-fat snacks that are readily available during the holiday. So you can eat those when other people are tucking into chocolates, biscuits (cookies), sausage rolls, and mince pies, and other goodies.
Eat plenty of fruit. Not only is it right for you, but it will also fill you up and leave you less temptation.
If you are spending Christmas at home and entertaining family or friends, only get snacks out to offer them around. Put them away when everybody has helped themselves.
If you have been dieting successfully for some time, your stomach will have shrunk, and you will be uncomfortable if you overeat. Listen to your body. You might also find that previously enjoyable sweet foods are now too sickly for you.
When you overeat or eat calorie-rich food over Christmas, forgive yourself. Don’t use it as an excuse to give up your diet. Just think of all those lovely smaller clothes you will be able to buy in the New Year sales!