Weight loss can be difficult during Christmas, especially when faced with tempting treats. But once it’s time to put away the twinkling lights and tinsel it might be time to think about the different ways to drop that Christmas festive weight.
Get off to the best possible start with these 5 dieting tips.
Plan your meals
Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a food diary.
Do not stock junk food
To avoid temptation, do not stock junk food – such as chocolate, biscuits, crisps and sweet fizzy drinks – at home. Instead, opt for healthy snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oatcakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.
Use a smaller plate
Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.
Do not skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. You could miss out on crucial nutrients, and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry.
Do not ban foods
Do not ban any foods from your weight loss plan, especially the ones you like. Banning foods will only make you want them more. There’s no reason you cannot enjoy the occasional treat as long as you stay within your daily calorie allowance.