For those trying to control their weight, Christmas can be an extremely challenging time. People get busy and are more likely to eat on the run, there are endless social functions, and bad food is everywhere. If that’s not enough to contend with, then we throw alcohol into the mix.
People who have worked hard to lose weight all year, may feel that they have fallen off the wagon or even that they have lost control of their diet altogether.
Audio – Hear Stuart Adams share some strategies for surviving the Christmas Season without blowing your weight control goals.
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Stuart Adams is a qualified dietician from Personal Nutrition. He says he often overhears people at functions saying things like, “Well, there goes my diet” or “I’ve just blown my diet!” But he says it’s important not to let a few little slip-ups de-motivate you from your goal. Here are few tips to help you through the holiday season.
1. At this time of year you may not have much control over what food you eat, but you can still control how much of it you eat.
2. Don’t go to a Christmas Party hungry or you are more likely to pig out. Eat a low GI snack an hour or two before.
3. Try to be aware of which foods you’re putting on your plate in the moment. Often people get distracted and can’t remember what they ate.
4. Fill at least half your plate with healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables or salad and then you can enjoy the treats. You are less likely to overeat if you serve a plate out, as opposed to finger food grazing.
5. Be careful of alcohol. It can lead to a blood sugar crash which makes you hungry later. It can also make you more reckless and more likely to indulge. So remember that alcohol is not your friend.