Do you want to keep fitting into your favourite little black dress?
Do you want to continue to feel and look your absolute best?
Christmas is that time of the year when looking our best is important to us all...we want to feel confident when we walk in to that dinner or party.
This is why many people decide to lose weight in preparation for Christmas and if you have lost weight, you definately won’t want to gain it back again in just a couple of weeks.
After a season of Christmas cheer, unfortunately many of us are horrified to realise that our clothes are suddenly more “snug” than comfortable.
But this year, why not give yourself a Christmas present. Promise yourself that you will do your best to avoid the weight gain, the guilt and the hard work in January.
You can have a wonderful Christmas without it resulting in extra pounds. Yes, it is possible.
So how do you manage it? Follow these key points to avoid that weight gain over Christmas:
Decide now to be more careful about what you eat.
You really don’t have to eat mince pies and copious amounts of alcohol to have a good time. Enjoy the company of friends and family you don’t see often enough, dance at the work ’do’, play games with the children, be active as much as you can. Use the stairs, walk more. Make the time.
It is essential that you are both mentally and physically prepared. To get yourself mentally prepared, ask yourself these questions:
Do I seriously want to eat healthily and feel healthy over the Christmas season?
Am I resigned to the fact that I will gain weight over Christmas?
Do I want to face the task of losing the same weight a second time around?
If after serious consideration your answers are “YES, I am serious; NO, I am not going to gain weight and NO, I don’t want to lose weight a second time”, then we ’re in business. Your attitude is the most important factor towards staying healthy and staying slim over Christmas.
Don’t underestimate the power of the mind.
Thoughts like “Oh, I am sure to gain weight at this time of the year, I always have”, or “I’ll get seriously down to losing weight again after Christmas” are all negative input. Ensure that your thoughts are positive. Replace, “This year I want to stay slim during Christmas”, with “This year I will stay slim during Christmas”.
Know your Christmas weight maintenance goal
It’s the holiday season, you’ll be eating out more and potentially eating more rich foods. So set your goals over the next few weeks as maintaining your weight. That way, you won’t be disappointed if you don’t lose - and any loss is a boost.
Make healthy food choices, keep to fresh clean foods that havent been submerged in a fat fryer, or cream sauce. And avoid processed foods like the plague. Christmas lunch after all is just a Sunday roast, which can in itself be very healthy, if you think about it. Remember that.
It is certainly possible to keep the weight off leading up to Christmas. The only thing that might prevent you from doing it is yourself.