Anyone who struggles with their weight will know how hard it is to stay on track over Christmas. Temptation is everywhere; special offers in the shops, gifts from well-meaning friends, offerings at the school fete, the list is endless! No one wants to undo all their hard work in just a couple of weeks, though, so I've put together a list, with some ideas to keep us all motivated. If something has worked for you, feel free to comment below!
1. My favourite tip that works for me, is being a little bit smug! If I am trying to resist something that everyone else is munching on, or drinking, I focus on how awesome I am for not giving in!
2. Some people find that not having any treats at all works best for them, in which case, refer to tip 1. If, however, you are someone who finds that restricting yourself that much is impossible, save a treat for the end of the day. It will help you resist temptation if you have something to look forward to and you will enjoy it so much more when you've waited for it!
3. With all the festivities and rushing around going on, it's easy to forget the basics, but this can be disastrous. I find if I don't drink as much water, I start snacking more. So, I make sure I have a pint of water with every meal. It's easier to remember and, if I get distracted and forget to drink in between, at least I've got most of my daily intake.
5. Invest in a popcorn maker. These are not expensive and the process is quite entertaining to watch! Air popped popcorn is a whole grain snack, and a great alternative to crisps, but beware of shop-bought varieties that can be loaded with fat and sugar.
6. Think about what it is you really want. I've added this tip, because sometimes I really feel like some nutty chocolate, when actually, it's the nut aspect that's appealing. If this happens to you, grab a small handful of almonds or cashews instead. You will get all the nutrients from the nuts, without the empty calories and fat from the chocolate.
7. Stay focused. This is easier said than done, in the heat of the moment, but give it a try. You will still need to tap into your will power, but before you reach for that sausage roll, take a moment to picture yourself in skinny jeans, or a beautiful, fitted dress. Having a positive focus is much better than concentrating your thoughts on what you are missing out on.
8. Do you know a feeder? The sort of person who brings you huge treats, when really a small one will do, but you don't want to hurt their feelings? In an ideal world, we would say something, but sometimes, especially if the weightloss struggle has been a long one, it can be hard to be taken seriously. However, all is not lost. Make a point of sharing the goodies, There are usually lots of visitors over Christmas, so this is a good opportunity to bring out any well-meant 'gifts', so you aren't tempted to eat them all yourself.
10. Finally, remember how far you've come! However much you have acheived on your weightloss journey this year, be proud of yourself! You have made positive steps in the right direction and will continue to do so. Have faith in yourself and enjoy the positive effects of your weight loss so far. Most of all, relax and enjoy the holiday season, it's not all about food!