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6 Ways to Avoid Weight Gain Over Christmas

Yes Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be merry. But weight gain isn’t inevitable over the festive season. These simple tips will help to guide you through the holidays so that you can emerge on the other side, happy and ready to face the New Year.

1. Eat but don’t pig out

Adopt an ‘eat the best, leave the rest’ mentality. If your family is anything like mine, you will buy enough food for several weeks, just for that one day. Just because it’s in the house, doesn’t mean you have to eat it! Enjoy the festive treats but have one or two chocolates, rather than half a tin of Quality Street.

2. Eat mindfully

Don’t sit with the tin of Quality Street right next to you while you watch TV. You will eat too many. Take a few and then move away. Snacking mindlessly on junk food throughout the day will not only add unnecessarily calories, it will also play havoc with your blood sugar levels. Sugar crashes will also leave you craving more junk food, even if you are not really hungry.

3. Drink more

No not wine! Well yes, probably wine. But drink more water with it, all day. When you wake up in the morning, drink a pint of water (put it by your bed so that you don’t forget). Then drink more water steadily throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be plain tap water, stock up on sparkling water and drink with ice and freshly squeezed lemon, lime, or a dash of fresh fruit juice. This will help you to avoid a headache as well as reducing the amount of alcohol that you drink.

lemon lime water
Sparkling water, with wedges of lemon or lime and ice, can help to keep you hydrated throughout the day

4. Fill up on veg

Actually a Christmas dinner isn’t the worst option when it comes to meal choices. Vegetable side dishes should make up the majority of your plate. Then add several lean slices of turkey and just one or two roast potatoes. The temptation to overload our plates during the main meal is overwhelming when there are so many different dishes to try. But show restraint and you will be feeling smug when everyone else goes into a food coma an hour later.

5. Don’t give up

This is the single most important lesson that I ever learnt with regards to food. The day is not lost because you made one bad food choice. So you ate 2 croissants and a chocolate Santa for breakfast, fine, enjoy them and move on. Make a better food choice for your next snack or meal. If you make one bad food choice, decide the day is lost and eat everything and anything for the rest of the day, you’re going to regret it. Every single time you make a good food choice, it matters. If you make 3 good food choices and 2 bad food choices every single day for a week, you’ve made 21 good food choices and 14 bad food choices, instead of 35 bad food choices. It all counts. The more good choices you make, the easier it gets.

6. Keep it in perspective

Making a few bad food choices on one or two days of the year is not the end of the world. Enjoy your day, don’t feel guilty and be ready to move on positively the next day.


I love a good New Year resolution. If you want to start 2016 in the healthiest way, join us for a 28 day clean-eating challenge on the 2nd January. I will be doing it alongside you and blogging about it daily.

Published by Sonia Nicholas

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