March 25, 2017
Christmas is coming but that days don’t have to be sad. If you are trying to reduce weight, plan your important meals, and during these events, take a breath. Think of Christmas just as a few special lunch and dinner occasions, not as a couple of weeks during which you can eat and drink what you like every minute of the day.
First of all, until Christmas come, continue you dietary habits very strictly, leaving your temptation for that period. You should already know that dieting does not mean to be hungry. Dieting is eating proper amounts of proper things at proper times and doing some exercise. .. at any age. Even when you cannot walk, you can move your arms and hands.. Then, do it.
Christmas events are good occasions to get rid of psychological lacks. During these social or family meals you will have lovely things but try to select. You can have smoke salmon, anchovies, caviar, prawns or shrimps, sea food, salads, vegetables of all types (I love broccoli and asparagus) , fruits, meat, chicken, turkey, lamb (you can help yourself with a food vocabulary). During these events try to avoid French fried potatoes (They are full of trans fats), refined flour bread, pasta, rice, margarine, butter. You will have enough carbs with the brown bread of the canapés, salads and fruits. And enough fats with the food ones. Enjoy the meals and don’t be guilty. I know it is difficult not to have those delicious desserts and sweets, but have small portions. If you have eaten enough, a small piece of cake will be enough to satisfy your curiosity. Don’t resist to eat a little or you will attack the fridge a few hours later.
Of course you can have a couple of good wine and/or champagne glasses, but avoid beer, strong liquors and specially soda drinks (look for the sugar-free ones if you need something like that).
When the event finishes, the following meals should be light. Try to compensate the previous excess with vegetables and fruits, some fish and exercise. Follow your normal diet until the following event. And drink water, lots of water.
I can assure you that three or four “free meals” you will not make you gain weight. The most important problem of the Christmas is the abundant food, cadies and chocolates that is exposed everywhere during the whole period. Hide them.
Another problem is that you stay long periods at home watching TV, getting bored and going every five minutes to the fridge. Try to plan activities at the open air.
Your objective during Christmas should be maintain the weight. Gaining one pound or two should not be considered a failure. Start the New Year psychologically satisfied. And set another objective for Easter.
After Christmas is the time to start again. Don’t panic. You have plenty of time. Choose a natural, proved, weighting loss plan that does not harm your health. See the Mediterranean Diet plan.