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How to avoid gaining weight during the festive period.


Dinner table with Christmas food

I'm sure weight gain isn't on your Christmas list this year. Follow my 10 steps below to avoid piling on the pounds during the festive period...

1. BE SMART WHEN SNACKING

When treats are easy to access, unnceccesary snacking is more likely to occur. We've all been there - sat in front of the TV, eating until we feel like we're about to burst. Simply keep treats out of sight - out of sight, out of mind. If you don't trust yourself, don't buy them!

2. KEEP AN EYE ON LIQUID CALORIES

Alcohol and fizzy drinks can be highly calorific, yet a lot of people don't take this into account over the festive period. These beverages can contribute a significant amount of sugar and empty calories, which can lead to weight gain. If you enjoy a short with a mixer, try something lower calorie such as gin and slim line tonic. If you are trying to control your weight, limit liquid calories. It's as simple as that.

3. KEEP ACTIVE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Inactivity may contribute to weight gain. At Christmas time, sitting around is often accompanied by an excessive amount of food and drink. Use this time to catch up with family and friends and so something other than eating and drinking! Go for a long walk or pick a fun activity.

4. USE A SMALLER PLATE

People tend to consume larger portions off of large plates - fact! This can lead to overeating and over time, cause weight gain. Use a smaller plate and trick your mind into thinking that you have consumed more than you have.

5. KEEP YOUR "NEAT" HIGH

NEAT = Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. Set a daily and weekly step goal and stick to it. There's no reason why your step count should be lower during the festive period. Especially if you are off work, use this time to keep active and get fresh air.

6. RETURN TO YOUR USUAL EATING ROUTINE AS SOON