Let’s face it, there’s only one thing we all want to do at Christmas, and that’s eat our body weight in mince pies and pigs in blankets while watching reruns of It’s A Wonderful Life and The Sound of Music. According to new research from sports retailer Decathlon, we’ll confirm an average of 4,027 calories on Christmas Day alone!
But if you don’t want to put on too much weight in order to fit into your wedding dress, it can all get a bit tricky.
Lucky for us, TV Doctor Dawn Harper has some handy expert tips to avoid over-indulging this Christmas.
1. Eat before you go out
Before heading out it’s important to make sure you grab a quick dinner to prepare you for the night ahead. A slice of wholegrain bread is a great source of slow release energy and will help you avoid energy slumps throughout the evening. Including a filling snack like toast as part of your ‘get ready’ routine means you can still enjoy a few treats on your night out but if you’re not hungry, you will be less likely to overindulge on too many Christmas canapes and you’ll have the fuel you need to hit the dance floor!
2. Have three meals
Although you might not be hungry after a big lunch it’s important to eat three balanced meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels constant. This means you’ll have energy for longer and won’t have to deal with a slump later on or in the morning that can lead you to seek out sugary foods for energy.
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3. Have the right breakfast
As wholegrain toast is high in fibre, a non-digestible component that helps us feel full, it’s the perfect breakfast choice to see you through the morning. A high fibre breakfast means you’re less likely to be tempted to snack on a sugary pick-me-up before lunch, such as those chocolates that make their way around the office at this time of year! Meanwhile almond butter is an excellent and delicious source of protein to help stave off hunger.
4. Don’t set unrealistic goals
The more you promise yourself that you will never have indulgent snacks like mince pies through the whole of the festive season, the more your brain will be focused on those foods. It will be the one thing you absolutely want and it will be a matter of time depending on how strong your will power is before you will fall by the wayside. There’s nothing wrong with having a Christmas snack, but of course if you are eating lots every day you are going to run into trouble.
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5. Be balanced and don’t crash diet
Many women start skipping meals or going on a crash diet at this time of year in preparation for the party season. But this can lead to food binges on the very night you want to look and feel your best, and the calories can start to stack up leaving you with a few extra pounds come January. It’s all about a balance and portion control and at around only 80 calories a slice, bread can help you keep a balanced diet.