This season is seriously all about food. Good news for us constantly hungry girls, bad news for our waistlines. Everybody talks about winter weight gain because it’s such a common occurrence.
From Christmas cakes to turkey it’s impossible to stay strict with yourself during Christmas. Luckily, there are a few tips to help you eat whatever you want and keep your weight down.
1. Eat an apple before a sit-down meal
Ok, set the scene, you’re with your family and you know a huge Christmas dinner is coming. At my house, I’m usually ravenous by the time I sit down to eat, and I clear my plate and have seconds. That’s a no-no.
Eating when you’re seriously hungry can cause your body to store more of what you eat. An hour and a half before you eat, grab an apple. It’s full of fiber so it’ll slowly fill you up, not too much to spoil your dinner, but just enough to stop you eating way too much.
2. Don’t eat while you cook
Yeah, we all do it. We all lick the spoon after making cakes and munch on bread while we’re cooking. It’s particularly bad during the holiday season when there are a wide variety of dishes being prepared at once. To avoid this, chew gum while you cook. It’s a genius tip to curb cravings.
3. Think before (and while!) you eat
Piling your plate too high means you feel obliged to finish everything. You shouldn’t! Start with a small portion and go back for seconds, even if you know your brother will grab all the roast potatoes, it’s better to start small and have room for more dessert!
While you’re eating, take small sips of water or wine, chew mindfully and engage in conversation. The longer it takes you to eat, the fuller you’ll be.
4. Be aware of your drinks
Christmas is the season for drinking. I know my sister is really excited to make peppermint vodka hot chocolate for everyone, and we all have face masks to do on Christmas eve. I’m really looking forward to it, but at the same time, I’m aware that alcoholic drinks are classified as ’empty calories’.
Wine is a lower calorie option if you don’t want to overdose on 300+ calorie eggnog plus a huge meal, but if there was ever a time to go OTT, it’s Christmas.
4. Eat whatever you want (but keep moving!)
Four helpings of turkey? Go you! The only catch is, you should try to do some exercise every day. Whether you’re walking the dog, skipping, star jumping in your bedroom while your family watches some television special you’re not interested in, or doing a full-blown YouTube workout – you can easily fit activity in during the holidays.
Gym attendance falls to a serious low during the holidays, so check out some of these easy YouTube workouts if you need an excuse to work off those Christmas cocktails.
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