Festive season dieting

It is that time of the year again. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! All over the world people are getting together with their family and friends around tables laden with the most wonderful food and snacks… tempting even the most dedicated dieters amongst us.

The first and most important dieting tip for you this festive season is to appreciate your family and friends and to make sure you fully enjoy this special time of the year. The old motto “everything in moderation” should always be kept in mind, and that goes for your diet too!

The worst thing you can do during this period is to become obsessive about your weight and your diet. Many a dieter failed because they didn’t build enough flexibility into their eating plan, and set unrealistic expectations for themselves. The first time they eat something they shouldn’t have they abandon ship, go on a binge session and declare the diet a failed attempt. Not only do they end up having a rotten time, but they are also doing their bodies more harm than good. Try and stick to your plan as far as possible, but during a festive season like this you are bound to make a little mistake here and there. Forgive yourself and move on.

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Here are some more tips that can help you keep the weight down over the next few weeks….

  1. Follow your eating plan consistently, eating regular meals whenever possible. Do not starve yourself for the main event of the day. Aside from confusing your body and possibly sending it into starvation mode (where it will store everything it gets as fat), you will also be so hungry by the time you get to the party you will eat everything and anything you can lay your hands on!
  2. Eat slowly. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes before your brain receives the signal that you are satisfied. Savor every bite, pause between bites and engage in some lively conversation during the meal to give your brain the opportunity to catch up with your stomach.
  3. At parties, help yourself to lean meats and vegetables first and only then move onto the foods higher in carbohydrates. By the time you get to them, you may not even feel like having more.
  4. Portion control is also very important. You can still enjoy everything you are eating, but try having smaller portions of a wide variety. You can always go back for more later if you really want to, but you will find that in most cases the smaller portion is all you need.
  5. If you are hosting the party, make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks available. If you are going somewhere else, ask if you can bring along some food or snacks. By having lots of healthy treats and snacks available, it is far easier to withstand some of the other temptations on the tables.
  6. This is also the season for wine, champagne and cocktails. By all means have some, but don’t overdo it. Alcohol reduces you ability to say “No Thanks”, and that is where the real danger comes in for dieters…it becomes far too easy to say tomorrow is another day.
  7. Have lots and lots of water. It is just so easy to dehydrate, especially if you are having alcohol. Dehydration also makes you feel hungry, which is the last thing you want now. Water will not only help you manage your weight over this period, it will also help reduce hangovers!
  8. Use your spare time to get more active. Some ideas here include walking after meals, take a few extra laps around the mall while you shop and park further away from store entrances. Holiday parties also often offer you the best form of exercise…dancing!

The long and the short of it? Balance your weight loss goals with having a great time with your friends and family.

The festive season only comes around once a year …Go out and have some fun!

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