In this article, we will teach you how to prevent weight gain during Christmas, even if the festive period is full of unhealthy temptations!
Alcohol, rich puddings, sweets, chocolates, crisps, roasted nuts, buffet food etc.: it’s hard to resist!
We are presented with plates overflowing with food, in the name of celebrating, and it’s a challenge not to overeat.
The following tips should help you find the strength to overcome some of these temptations. So, they will help you prevent weight gain during Christmas!
Be conscious of maintaining your blood sugar levels.
When we are tired, hungry or stressed we are much more likely to succumb to overindulgence.
- Never leave more than 3 hours between eating.
- Every meal and snack that you consume must contain protein and some complex carbohydrate. This will ensure that your blood sugar levels remain stable. In fact, protein and complex carbohydrates (wholemeal bread and pasta, brown rice) break down more slowly than refined carbohydrates (biscuits, cakes, white bread, white pasta, white rice).
- Cut down on the teas, coffees and colas that you drink throughout the day. Caffeine has the same effect on your body as a sugary snack. In fact, it causes blood sugar levels to rocket and then plummet. This makes you more likely to indulge.
Have a good breakfast – try porridge with nuts, seeds and fresh fruit, or eggs on toast.
This should see you through the mid morning temptations of chocolates and biscuits.
Experiments have shown that if you can see what you have already consumed, you are likely to eat less than if clear the evidence away. So, keep the chocolate wrappers, empty glasses of wine and empty beer cans in view. They may stop you reaching for more.
Always drink a glass of water with every alcoholic drink. Alcohol will dehydrate the body. Also, the more water you drink the less room there is for alcohol. As a consequence, you will feel better the next day.
Did you know that a glass of wine is equivalent in calories to a packet of crisps? This sobering thought might give you some resolve as someone offers to fill your glass up for the nth time!
Many of the hangover symptoms experienced are due to low blood sugar levels.
Your primary goal must be to raise your blood sugar levels as quickly as possible, whilst re-hydrating at the same time. Freshly squeezed orange juice is a great start, then a smoothie with bananas and fresh fruit.
If you are feeling particularly bloated and full, you are maybe in need of digestive enzymes. Fresh pineapple is a great alternative as it’s full of bromelain, an enzyme that helps the body break down protein. Keep a pineapple on standby for that post dinner bloat!
Wishing you a merry and healthy Christmas!
And if you do need some help with weight loss in the New Year I am running a FREE weight loss and energy seminar on Wednesday, January 11th at 8pm in West Ealing. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!