Santa will have been and gone by the end of the week, which means we entering the diet-nightmare known at Christmas. What do you do? Our blog this week is all about getting you through the festive season so you don’t feel bloated and blah by the time 2016 rolls in.
Unfortunately, Christmas celebrations tend to have a LOT of weight-loss programs’ most unfriendly foods. When it comes to hors d’oeuvres, avoid obvious high-fat / calorie treats such peanuts, cheese, salamis (and other processed meats), chips (and most other savoury snacks), party pies, sausage rolls and anything deep-fried. Instead, choose foods like raw vegetable sticks or rice crackers with low-fat dips or tomato salsa. Fresh fruit platters are also great!
When you are about to load your plate for your festive feast, remember the number one rule is avoid carbs! Choose to eat any meats or seafood that are on offer (be sure to go easy on creamy sauces and gravy though). Pile high any fresh salads that are not smothered in high-fat dressings. On Christmas Day, if you want some Christmas pudding – go ahead and have it, though make sure it is a smaller slice served with EITHER a minimal amount custard or ice-cream. Steering clear of the starchy carbs & sticking to these guidelines will help you to enjoy a variety of festive fare, without adding any unnecessary calories / fat.
Exercise is not a habit that should be discontinued during the festive season. Most of you will be taking holidays over this time, so there should be no-one saying ‘I can’t find the time to exercise’ excuse. Escape from the madness that Christmas brings by going on a mind-clearing walk each day. Now is a great time to embark on a regular exercise regime as it will set you up in a routine that can be continued into 2016.
Please feel relaxed about Christmas – if you break program, it is not the end of the world! Christmas is a time for giving and sharing with family and friends, NOT obsessing about food. As long as you return to healthy eating habits after one ‘blow-out’, this should not affect your weight in the long-term (however, if you ‘blow-out’ everyday, then this is a different story!).
If you need extra help, we have some excellent tips for surviving Christmas in our 2015 ‘exclusive’ Christmas Program (find the complete program here: https://loseweightwithsue.wordpress.com/christmas-program/).
The Natural Way would like to wish all of their blog followers and clients a Merry Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016. If you are determined to give yourself the gift of health this Christmas and reach your goal weight in the New Year, just call us to make an appointment on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) and together we can make your Christmas wish come true!
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