Navigating the Festive Season when it comes to Weightloss

The festive season is traditionally a time full of joy and celebration but for some it can also mean a time full of dread that is accompanied by calorie laden temptations and treats. For those on a weight loss journey, navigating Christmas can be daunting and may seem like a difficult task to stay on track. However, with mindful planning it is possible to still enjoy this time of year without depriving yourself or feeling like all your hard work will be threatened or undone.

As our Christmas present to you, here are our top tips to ensure you stay on track with your weight loss goals while still savouring the holiday spirit:

1. Plan ahead

With all the hustle and bustle of festivities, it is important to take some time to plan your approach. Consider your schedule, social commitments, and potential challenges. Having a plan in place can help you make informed choices and avoid impulsive decisions that may lead to overeating.

2. Build a balanced plate

A balanced plate should include 50% of lean protein foods, 30% vegetables/salads and 20% fruits, wholegrains, starchy vegetables. This helps to ensure you are controlling your portion sizes, assisting with your appetite and feeling satisfied without overeating. It can also help you to manage cravings, so when you do want to enjoy a sweet treat, you are able to do so while still feeling in control.

3. Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcoholic beverages are often part of holiday celebrations, but they can become quite calorie dense whilst consumed in high amounts. Drinking in large quantities can also lower your inhibitions, making it easier to overeat and eat mindlessly. It is best to opt for lighter drink options such as lower calorie or diet alternatives and drink water in between to stay hydrated.

4. Focus on Connections

Remember that the holiday season is about more than just food. Place emphasis on connecting with friends and family, playing games, or engaging in activities that don’t revolve around eating. Building meaningful memories can be just as fulfilling as indulging in a festive feast.

Navigating the festive season while on a weight loss journey requires a combination of mindful choices, planning, and a positive mindset. By following these tips, you can enjoy the holiday season without compromising your health and fitness goals. Remember, moderation is key, and the most important aspect of the holidays is the joy of spending time with loved ones.