Stick to that diet and you'll soon have something to celebrate...
The Christmas and New Year feasting season is here again. Opportunities to overeat and drink too much abound, and the temptation is to reach for another mince pie or choccie with the thought "Oh well, it is Christmas...'
It seems easiest to put your calorie controlled diet on hold
until the New Year. After all who wants to starve over the party season
when everyone else is eating and drinking as much as they like? If you
allow yourself to relax for the all important Christmas day, then the damage
to your figure shouldn't be too difficult to put right over the following
days. However, the countdown to Christmas starts in November, as the Christmas
goodies arrive in the shops, and there seems to be a hundred and one excuses
for a party in the weeks up until the 25th December.
If you consume extra calories for all these weeks leading up to Christmas, then you are likely to put on weight before the actual Christmas dinner. But don't despair we have lots of tricks and tips that will help you to still enjoy the Christmas parties, but avoid piling on the extra pounds.
You can still enjoy the party and cut calories if you follow our Christmas diet tips:
Make the right choices - rather than feeling hard done by at parties by cutting back, aim to make the best choices available to you. See our
delicious low-calorie party food and drink options.
Eat something before going to the party - you'll be less likely to eat too many high calorie nibbles if you eat something filling, like scrambled egg or a jacket potato, before partying. It'll soak up the alcohol too.
Don't be first to the buffet - try and let the queue subside before you go and get your meal - you will be less likely to have time to return for seconds. Keep more than an arm's length from the buffet!
Quality beats quantity every time - choose
champers and smoked salmon if possible, not lager and a kebab!
Seafood and fish is always a lower calorie option than processed meat, and it contains lots of brain-boosting fish oils. If you can't choose champagne then opt for a spirit, such as gin or vodka, teemed with a diet mixer - this is going to be less calories than downing glasses of lager, cider or wine.
Water can be a refreshing drink too - you can still party but save calories (and your liver) and avoid the hangover next day, by alternating water or a low calorie soft drink with your usual alcoholic tipple. Chilled fizzy water with lots of ice and lemon can feel (and look to others) more like a proper drink than tepid still water.
Eating out - don't be shy, it's perfectly acceptable to ask for a child's/small portion, or to order one meal between two, or ask for a doggy bag rather than feeling you have to clear your plate. Only eat when you are hungry, not automatically because there is food in front of you. Try to ask yourself when eating if you really need anymore, or is your tum feeling full? It's ok to leave food, especially if you are following a weight-loss programme.
Dance the night away - it's Christmas and dancing is great exercise, not to mention great fun! Remember to stay hydrated by drinking water, rather than alcohol to quench your thirst.
Drink water before your meal - it'll fill you up and it's zero calories and it'll help you avoid a hangover.
Wait for it - don't decide on a dessert until at least 20 minutes after the main course. Often you find you don't need anything after all.
Place ingredients in a pan and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring. Allow to cool.
Remember that eating and drinking too much at Christmas is entirely optional. If you're serious about losing weight in the New Year, you can get a head start by not over-indulging in December. Just think how much better you'll feel in January if you haven't put on lots of weight.
Before trying a new diet you should always consult your doctor to discuss whether you are healthy enough to restrict your calorie intake.