Don’t go to a party when you are ravenously hungry
If you are off to a Christmas drinks party or buffet where you know there will be canapés a plenty, we know it can be tempting to starve yourself all day so you can take advantage of the free and tasty nibbles. However, if you are trying to avoid piling on the pounds make sure you eat as normal throughout the day and even go one step further and have a portion of fruit before heading out to take the edge of your hunger. This will help to prevent you from overloading on carbs and eating for the sake of eating.
Scope out the snacks before loading your plate
If you are off to a party with a buffet table, before your start piling your plate high, check out the healthiest options. You should be aiming to fill at least half of your plate with veggies and the rest with lean protein, skinless turkey or seafood.
Approach holiday beverages with caution
If you are having a busy day Christmas shopping and fancy taking a weight off for half an hour in your favourite coffee shop with a tasty syrupy latte or hot chocolate, we implore you to reconsider. Even a small festive latte with syrup can contain in the region of 400 calories, so drink smart and opt for a refreshing Christmassy herbal tea with cinnamon, spice or orange instead. If you must have a milky drink, ask for it to be made with skimmed milk to cut down on the calories.
We know braving the great outdoors doesn’t seem like such an appealing prospect when the temperatures are sub-zero, but remember you can also get moving inside. Instead of putting on a film, why not try an exercise DVD? Also, if you’re planning a Christmas soirée but are lacking the motivation to tidy the house, bear in mind that deep cleaning can burn up to 270 calories per hour and you can do it in the warmth of your own home!
There is so much tasty food doing the rounds at Christmas, with lots of it coming from our very own kitchens. Cooking with and for the family is all part of the festive spirit, but when you don your apron try to ensure you are making smart choices by thinking about your ingredients and ways in which you can make everything that little bit healthier. Here are our top tips:
– Make open-top mince pies – Using less pastry will help reduce the amount of calories and fat. Other great tips include using filo pastry, which is thinner than the traditional kind so less calorific. Mixing some fresh chopped apple into mincemeat will also help to make the filling fluffier and lower in calories.
– Hold the bacon – Don’t wrap your sausages in bacon and grill, dry fry or bake on a wire rack so the fat drains off. If you can’t live without the bacon, trim off all visible fat first.
– Make your own dips – Don’t have dips made with cream or cream cheese. Instead choose homemade tomato-based dips, such as salsa, or mix some chopped herbs into low-fat yoghurt. Diced tomatoes, chives, spring onions and a good squeeze of lime make a tasty quick and easy salsa!
If you are prone to gaining weight during the festive season despite your best efforts and good intentions and struggle to shift this year-on-year, a hypnotherapist specialising in weight loss may be able to help you. To find out more, please visit our weight loss and gastric band hypnotherapy fact-sheets.
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