Who doesn’t, and yet many of us forget all about our weight loss plan when confronted with the party buffet table, laden with food we love.
Parties seem to offer a free pass to overeat, but we pay the price later in January, when we struggle to squeeze into clothes that have become much too snug for comfort.
So this year why not skip the cycle of binge and starve, and try something different? Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy every morsel you eat this Christmas, but avoid gaining weight? Maybe this is easier than you think! Here are 7 tips to support you:
#1 Make a weight loss goal for December and write it down. e.g.to maintain your current weight of ——pounds or even drop X lbs by January 1st.
#2 Write down a list of behaviours to ensure you meet your goal, e.g. eat a healthy snack before going out, take a smaller piece of desert, or walk every day.
#3 Practice healthy behaviours in your mind. e. g. imagine passing by the dessert table, eating smaller portions, saying no to seconds, and feeling powerful and pleased.
#4 Share your goal with a friend or better still, have them join you in your challenge
#5 Remember it’s not the food that makes a party fun. It’s the people, so circulate, socialise and avoid hovering too long at the buffet table.
#6 If certain foods cause you to eat compulsively, consider avoiding them.
#7 Lastly, make sure you really enjoy the food you do eat and choose the best quality e.g. choose a nice fish or steak as a protein, and save your calories for your meal, rather than snacks.
Follow these tips and prove to yourself it is possible to enjoy Christmas fully and not gain an ounce!
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