Saturday, 22 December 2012

4 Tips to Lose Weight This Christmas




With Christmas just around the corner, you may be worried about gaining weight. I’m planning on this Christmas being the first one that I lose weight and will be trying very hard to stay on track. Here are 4 tips to help you stay on track and lose weight this Christmas.

Cook Christmas Dinner Yourself

If you can, host Christmas Dinner this year. It is the best way to know exactly what you are eating and the amount of ProPoints in the food (if you are following Weight Watchers). You will be able to switch the full-fat options for light or no-fat and search for the healthiest desserts to enjoy after dinner.

We’re doing Christmas dinner this year because of the baby but it means I can really concentrate on everything that we have. I’m making my own stuffing so I know what is going in it and only buying things that I know are in my ProPoints allowance.

Save ProPoints for Dessert

It can be tempting to have seconds of the turkey and potatoes, but what about dessert? Avoid overeating and allow yourself to enjoy the dessert, whether it is Christmas cake, chocolate cake or your own recipe. This will also allow you to save your allowance for your drink! If you really want seconds, look for the vegetables and low pointed options instead.

Get Active on the Day

Going out and walking around could be a great way to spend your afternoon – do it before dinner to work up your appetite. This will give you some activity ProPoints to spend (or just get you active to counter your dinner) and will make you look forward to dinner afterwards.

After dinner, why not play some games that will get everyone active? These are fun and a great way to pass the time. We have a Nintendo Wii so we’re thinking about pulling that out to have some fun with the litter ones (and the big kids!).

Keep Snacking to a Minimum

One of my worst parts is the chocolates that sit in a bowl on the side for anyone to take. I eat half the bowl without realising! To avoid the problem this year, the bowl will be well out of arm’s reach and as out of sight as possible – if I can’t see it, I won’t want it. I think we’ll also have a fruit bowl with healthy snacks to enjoy.

A problem that some people have is the left over dinner on the table. Remove everything and put it out of the way. Wrap the turkey and put it in the fridge – or cut it down into smaller portions for people to take home with them!

There’s 4 simple tips to be able to enjoy Christmas without eating too much. Make this your year to lose weight over Christmas but still enjoy everything!

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