HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS WEIGHT GAIN THIS YEAR
Dodging Christmas weight gain may sound as realistic as Father Christmas sliding down a chimney on Christmas Eve, but there are ways to stay on track at this time of the year. Many people expect weight gain during December, but packing on a few pounds is not inevitable.
Don’t skip meals – A healthy breakfast will set you up to eat well for the rest of the day. Choose filling, healthy options such as eggs, porridge, or greek yoghurt with seeds and fruit. People who eat breakfast also eat less than other people throughout the day. Skipping breakfast or lunch in order to save yourself for dinner may lead to binge eating later. It’s also good idea to eat before you go out on any visits, Christmas parties or nights out. This will save you overindulging when the bread basket arrives or when the buffet is unveiled.
Eat protein and fat – Protein can help maintain a healthy weight because high-protein diets are associated with greater satiety. Eat eggs, turkey, chicken, quinoa, lentils or beans. Cutting butter and oil can slash calories but not all fats are bad fats. We need fat in our diets to provide energy and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, plus fat helps us feel full. Get healthy fats from avocado, nuts, and olive oil.
Don’t pick at food – If you’re at a buffet, put any food you’re eating on a plate. This will help you keep track of your nibbling and avoid the mindless eating we all succumb to when there’s food everywhere.