7 Tips to maintaining your Christmas weight loss

7 Tips to maintaining your Christmas weight loss

Christmas is often noted as period for weight gain, but for you it doesn’t have to be. You too can maintain your Christmas weight loss and keep losing weight well into the New Year.

Researchers claim that everyone gains on average 1-2lbs during the holiday season – 1-2lbs that are almost impossible to lose - however by simply incorporating the following tips into your Christmas diet you too can prevent this Christmas weight gain and keep your body healthy, happy and fighting fit.

1. Opt for Turkey – compared to other red meats, turkey is high in protein and low in fat saving you countless calories.

2. Roast all your vegetables – avoid saturating your roast potatoes and vegetables in fat. Instead boil them for 10 minutes to soften them up before lightly drizzling them in low fat vegetable oil and putting them in the oven.

3. Make your own treats – forget investing in a 2kg tin of Roses that is packed with 10,000 calories and instead make your sweets from scratch. Christmas cakes, Yule logs, trifle… by making the slightest amendments to your ingredients list, you too can produce low fat/low calorie versions of each of these puddings.

With your trifle for example, simply swap normal jam and jelly for their sugar free counterparts and use fruit canned in juice instead of syrup.

4. Make alcohol free punch – drinking just half a bottle of wine can increase your calorie intake by 250 calories, so take the step to swap alcohol for some fruity punch that your entire family can enjoy. Alternatively invest in some non-alcoholic wines.

5. Make your Christmas active – forget sitting in front of the television watching annual re-runs and instead go out for a walk or a bike ride with your family. This will help stop you from snacking on all those naughty chocolates, and will prevent that post-afternoon slump.

Alternatively if it is too cold to go outside, switch off the television and play some games. Charades, Twister… pick something fun, active and enjoyable for the whole family.

6. Swap salted peanuts for unsalted – one of the easiest steps you can take for controlling your Christmas weight loss, is making simple alterations such as swapping salted peanuts for their unsalted counterparts. Salted peanuts are saturated in fats which are bad for your heart, and this is the same for many other Christmas foods.

Simply sit down and make a list of all the foods you’d normally buy for Christmas. If you discover that they have got a low fat version, swap them for these lower calorie versions and exclude foods you cannot replace.

7. Buy no biscuits or chocolates – easier said than done, but the reality is you wouldn’t normally buy, let alone eat all these chocolates and biscuits. So set yourself a rule: buy one tin or none at all. More often than not someone will buy you a box of chocolates as a present, so let them buy it for you and resist the temptation to buy them yourself.

Remember: One 2kg tin of Roses contains 10,000 calories.

Maintaining your Christmas weight loss doesn’t have to be achieved at the sacrifice of your own enjoyment. You too can have a Christmas to remember, simply by making the above modifications to your Christmas diet.

So make the change, and begin planning for your Christmas now.

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