Although we all love to spend time with our friends and family over Christmas this does not give you license to overindulge.
Did you know that the average person consumes 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone?
That is the equivalent of 4.8kg of egg-fried rice, or 42 bananas, or 23 and a half hamburgers that we would never dream of eating in one day.
Yet our Christmas dinner is not the real problem, remember turkey and fresh vegetables are healthy for you aren’t they?
Well, yes but once you start adding the gravy, the desserts, the wine and countless treats throughout the day the calories will soon add up.
Of course if you were to only indulge on Christmas day itself then your body will quickly rebalance itself, however people are starting their holidays ever earlier. With numerous parties to contend with.
No wonder by the New Year losing weight is one of the top resolutions?
The following tips will ensure you do not gain weight this holiday season:
Tip #1 – Eat a healthy breakfast
By eating a healthy and filling breakfast you will be less likely to experience those food cravings and will find resisting those Christmas treats that much easier.
Tip #2 – Watch what you put on your plate
A good tip for Christmas dinner is to fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables like broccoli and carrots, as they are low in calories but still fill you up.
The turkey (minus the skin) should take up a quarter of your plate, while the other quarter can be used for those unhealthier options; such as the roast potatoes.
You can add a little cranberry sauce to your plate and a spoonful of gravy, but try to to go over the top with this as these will significantly increase your calorie intake.
Tip #3 – Freeze those leftovers
Instead of putting them within easy reach in the fridge, freeze any leftovers so that they can still be eaten, just not immediately
If the leftovers are left out you will be tempted to pick at them, especially once you start to worry about them wasting.
Tip #4 – Watch that alcohol
We all love the occasional tipple, especially on special occasions. However, alcohol are simply empty calories that do not help your waistline.
Instead of drinking alcohol all day you can still enjoy yourself by having water in-between the alcohol.
The more alcohol you consume the harder you will find resisting those tempting treats lying about.
Tip #5 – Food swaps
By simply swapping a few of your usual food choices for healthier alternatives you can make a huge difference to the amount of calories you consume.
For instance you could swap roast potatoes for boiled ones, or swapping meat stuffing for one made from fruit or chestnut.
Tip #6 – Get a little exercise
This does not mean you have to work up a huge sweat, but after your Christmas dinner perhaps it would be nice for you and your family or friends to go for a little walk.
You could even play a game such as Twister, which can be great fun.
No one is saying that you shouldn’t be enjoying yourself at Christmas, just remember the celebrations don’t have to last all month.
You don’t want to be regretting the choices you made in December when you are trying to get in shape for the Summer holidays.