Navigating Christmas Nutrition – How to Avoid Christmas Weight Gain
While many people think that gaining weight around the Christmas period is unavoidable and normal, you don’t have to deal with weight gain at Christmas, as long as you are prepared for how to handle the increase in treats and parties. On average, people will gain just over 2 kilograms between Christmas and the new year, so it’s important that you know how to stay active, choose the right foods, and prevent the scale from slowing creeping up while you are celebrating with friends and family members.
Let Your Brain Catch Up
When you are surrounded by delicious food and are spending time with people who are overeating, it is very easy to accidentally overeat, as well. If you have already had something to eat and are thinking about having another plate, then you need to make sure that you’re really hungry. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full after eating. Instead of making a plate, go for a walk, have a glass of water, or spend some time talking.
Don’t Skip a Meal
Some people erroneously think that they can skip morning meals and then save their calories for later so that they can eat more at the main dinner. Unfortunately, all this does is cause you to be really hungry all day and then to overeat. When you maintain your constant meal pattern then you will not experience gnawing hunger, which will definitely cause you to eat more than you wanted to, and it will also prevent you from making the best food decisions.
Watch Your Plate
When you fill your plate up with healthy choices, then you can make sure that you don’t accidentally overeat on calories. Skip the casseroles that are laden with butter, and instead, reach for vegetables, lean meat, and fruit. While it’s ok to try a little of everything, you don’t want to cover your plate with gravy and dessert, as these are loaded with empty calories and will pack on the pounds without making you really feel satisfied.
Share Your Sweets
No matter whether you love to bake or simply have been given a lot of treats, if you share them, then you won’t have to worry so much about accidentally eating them all yourself. Either take some to work, give them to family or friends, or wrap them up and stash them in the freezer to enjoy at a later time. This ensures that you don’t accidentally overeat.
Staying in shape over Christmas starts with good nutrition, but it involves making sure that you are moving your body on a regular basis. If you want to see the best results and are committed to taking care of yourself not only now, but throughout the entire year, then give me a call. I offer exceptional personal training in Mayfair, Belgravia, Notting Hill, Holland Park and Marylebone, and I will help make sure that you look and feel your best now during Christmas, as well as every other day of the year.