10 Tips On How To Avoid Gaining Weight This Christmas

 
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Honestly, Christmas is not the time of the year to start a new healthy lifestyle or a diet. But it doesn’t have to be the time to ruin all your hard work. I am 100% into indulging a little over the Christmas with eating whatever you like! Here are my 10 top tips how to avoid putting on weight during the winter season. 

1. "But it's Christmas"

You are so thin, take a little bit more!“ “But it’s Christmas!“ “Just have one.” Your grandma won’t stop until you accept a piece of cake, right? It is absolutely okay to respectfully decline. Just say “I’m full”. This should be enough for friends and family members to back off.

2. Eat before the dinner party

Eat beforehand and don’t go to a party starving. Try to have a healthy snack beforehand. If you arrive hungry, drink water to fill up before filling your plate. If you want to indulge, try to eat eating your meat, then veggies and carbs last.

3. Stock up the fridge

To prevent binge eating and cravings, make sure to keep your kitchen cupboards stocked well with clean foods. This avoid snacking on chocolate!

4. Drink yo' water

Curb your appetite by keeping yourself hydrated. Drink at least 2-3 litres every day. This avoids 'hunger' thoughts.

5. Don't be the bore

Rather than eating nothing at a friend’s party, bring a healthy side dish like a salad or clean dessert. You then have something to fall back on.

6. 90-100 calories per hot chocolate

We all love a mug of hot chocolate during winter—but the calorie count can be insane. Cafe Latte and hot chocolate with whipped cream can add a lot of calories to your diet. Stick to regular coffee or tea without any kind of sugar.

7. Eat slower and enjoy

It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal the brain that you’re full. Enjoy each bite and try to avoid eating after you're full.

8. Watch the sauces

Try and avoid the creamy sauces that are offered. Try sweet chilli, Greek yoghurt, mint and balsamic vinegar. You don't need extra cream and mayo smothered on all of your food.

9. Switch win for Gin

Limit your alcohol intake as much as possible - save it for one or two days. not the full month! It is important to remember that alcoholic beverages contain a lot of calories. Plus, alcohol can also reduce inhibitions and trigger mindless eating once drunk. Instead of downing glasses of wine, beer, cider or larger, try having a gin or vodka.

10. Don't forget to workout

Cold weather and shorter days don’t mean you have to stop exercising. Schedule your exercise just like you would normally. Stay active, go for a walk, do your cardio and strength sessions or follow my BUBBLE BUTT home workout guide.

Mathew Crook