Christmas is coming, and while it’s an exciting and wonderful time of the year, it’s also the time when many of us tend to gain weight. With chocolate, turkey dinners, and a more sedentary lifestyle over the coming weeks, we are going to see the effects on our weighing scales after the holiday season is over.
Of course, you could throw caution to the wind, and then focus on using fat burning supplements or a new diet plan in the new year, but there are ways to stay in control of your weight over Christmas, and still have fun.
For starters, let people know your Christmas gift list. They might only buy you chocolates, sweets, and delicious (but unhealthy) food hampers otherwise. Then there are those subscription boxes which are all the rage, but not helpful when they contain edible goodies. Add some of our Christmas gift ideas to your list, and you won’t get any unwelcome surprises under the Christmas tree.
Then make a plan to be active. Rather than sitting down after Christmas dinner to watch The Sound of Music for the gazillionth time, do something else, such as going for a walk with the family, or taking part in some active party games. Make a plan to do something every day too, so get your heads together with the family, and create a festive itinerary to get everybody off the sofa. Go carol singing, head to church, visit family and friends, have snowball fights (if you are blessed with the white stuff); do anything but sit on the sofa where you might be surrounded by unhealthy snacks and nibbles.
Of course, where food is concerned, you should opt for the healthy options. You don’t need to surround yourself with chocolates and cookies. You don’t need to go for the larger portions when you’re eating your Christmas meals. Take a look at these healthy Christmas treats, and start to prepare a batch now in time for the Christmas season. And when thinking about your big Christmas dinner, you owe it to yourself to consider this menu when you’re planning what to cook everybody on Christmas day. By opting for the healthier options, and by being mindful about the portions you dish up for yourself, you can avoid piling on those festive pounds.
Finally, try and avoid stressful situations. This is easier said than done, we know, especially with all the prep you have to do for the season, but you will maintain your weight if you can put strategies in place. When our stress levels rise, so do our cortisol levels, and that has been linked to weight gain. While it’s difficult to reduce stress, you might still plan everything you need for the holidays in advance, so you’re not flapping like a Christmas turkey, and as we said, you might also factor in exercise during the festive period, which is a known way to reduce stress levels.
These are just some of the ways you can stay in control of your weight over the Christmas season, but let us know if you have any further tips.
We hope you have a very healthy and happy Christmas!