How to Avoid Festive Weight Gain

2 weeks till Christmas!

It seems to happen every holiday season. You attend parties and office gatherings to share a few festive moments with family, friends, colleagues and lots and lots of food. But when the holiday season is finally over, the bathroom scale reveals that you’ve gained some weight again, much to your chagrin.

We recommend that instead of trying to lose weight over the Christmas Holiday, try and maintain your current weight until the start of the year. January will then kick start the healthy eating and workout routine back in to place and you will find it much easier to continue with your weight loss goals. Even though it’s hard to resist temptations all around you, there are simple steps you can take that can keep the extra holiday pounds off.

1. Keep to your meal routine – try to eat at roughly the same time each day

2. Go reduced fat – choose reduced-fat foods (eg: dairy, spreads, salad dressings) where you can

3. Walk off the weight – walk 10,000 steps each day

4. Pack a healthy snack – choose fresh fruit or low-calorie yoghurts

5. Learn the labels – be careful about food claims. Check the fat and sugar on food labels

6. Caution with your portions – do not heap food on your plate (except vegetables)

7. Up on your feet – stand up for 10 minutes out of every hour

8. Think about your drinks – choose water or sugar-free squash. Limit fruit juice. Alcohol is high in calories so limit to one a day for women and two for men

9. Focus on your food. Slow down. Do not eat on the go or while watching TV

10. Do not forget your five-a-day – eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day.

We’re not saying you can’t enjoy the festive season, we just want you to be able to achieve the best results possible!

Below is a chart showing you how many calories could be in your Christmas dinner and how much exercise it takes to burn then off. So, before filling your plate up think wisely! 

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