And, no matter how old we are, it still has the ability to catch us out. Every year tens of thousands of people, almost simultaneously, go into a blind panic. Well, it’s that time of year again when socialising at all levels moves up a gear. You can’t miss it, in fact: You know its happening because the film Love Actually is on repeat. And of course Bing Crosbie in White Christmas makes its annual appearance.
unnecessary stress. We leave our planned pre- Christmas weight loss until the last minute. It’s almost like we don’t know it’s coming, somehow we seem surprised. We deny it for 365 days, then whoops, now it’s a ‘little over-baked’. So, let us try and help: in this post we are going to give you a collection of tips, some unusual, some maybe bizarre, but they all work…. The plan is to ensure that you experience a steady week on week weight loss. Right up until the big day, when the big Fat Guy in Red, who never cares less about his weight, makes an appearance.
It’s when red and green seem to be the colour of choice for just about everyone. It’s a time when just about anyone, from Boris Johnson downwards, can safely be seen wearing the most ludicrous, bright red and green Santa jumpers. Of course we all think it’s fine; why not look silly, get blinding drunk, and eat like it’s the last supper. It’s Christmas, after all!
Well, it seems that throughout the ages, mulled wine was associated with good health, warmth, and happiness. And, of course, these thing are often associated with Christmas. However, it seems the UK is something of a leader, with regard to alcohol consumption around Christmas. We are informed that alcohol consumption rises more in December in the UK than in any other leading Western country. Its estimated that in the month of December, Britons drink 41% more booze than the annual monthly average.
, seem to appear, along with good old sherry, dry or sweet. Baileys is another drink that sees an incredible rise in popularity around Christmas. It is the only time of year that anyone would even consider having a sherry or mulled wine before lunch. And of course, everyone starts drinking Champagne, or Prosecco, always on auto pilot.
, and both are relative newcomers. During the month of December, every coffee shop from Starbucks to Costa Coffee, and all the others, roll out their special Christmas offering of festive drink. For example, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Frappuccino, or maybe Salted Caramel Laden Cream Top. Their sugar content is enough to place you in a coma. But, it seems that we just don’t care, visiting high street coffee shops more in December to experience their Christmas specialities, than at any other time of the year.
The Christmas tree, greeting cards, carol singers. For many people, its the rollout of the Festive Christmas Sandwich. Every major food retailer joins in, each trying to out do the other. The Christmas sandwich officially confirms the start of the season’s festivities. In the UK, we now have ratings and awards for the top five offerings from the popular Breakfast TV Shows. Beautifully presented in red and green packaging, containing turkey, stuffing, cranberries and much more, it’s almost Christmas in a box. Sadly, the calorie load is off the scale. But never mind, it’s Christmas!
as a family is the one tradition they will not sacrifice. For some strange reason, the idea of having to prepare the vegetables the night before is quaint. This of course is always followed by the sleepless night, worrying that everything will work out, is just fine. Then, the next morning, the almost unbelievable stress goes up another level. Will the turkey be cooked ok? Did I cook enough parsnips, or whatever..? Plus of course the sprouts!
most will have to undo their belt a notch or two, often feeling a little unwell. Then everyone collapses on the sofa, falling asleep whilst watching Love Actually, yet again. Maybe you pulled the shortest straw and are directed to the kitchen to start washing up from the biggest meal of the year…
about putting your coat on and strolling to the local pub, or restaurant, for lunch on Christmas day. The welcome drink on arrival, maybe a little entertainment, the good conversation with friends, along with the totally relaxing knowledge that afterwards, you total energy expenditure will involve walking home. As you will read in our tips section, going out to Christmas lunch can reduce your calorie load by up to 750 calories. Unbelievable….!
over a thousand people take permanent control of their weight, culminating in over 15,000 1:1 clinical treatment hours, making then undisputed experts in the weight loss arena. They have just launched a fully downloadable weight loss package, visit www.myweighless.com for more info. Below you can read their Ten Top Tips to ensure you drop that clothes size ahead of the 25th…Ruby below dropped over 50 lbs following her treatment.
to ensure you drop that clothes size ahead of Christmas, plus of course win the Little Black Dress challenge.
TIP 1: Whatever you do – don’t save the best to last!
When it comes to the order in which you eat the food on your plate, always eat your favourite things first. Why? Because research shows that if you always save your best, or favourite bits of the meal right to the end, it absolutely guarantees that you’re going to eat everything on your plate, and quite probably end up eating too much in the process! You will have to literally hoover your way through the entire plateful to arrive at your ‘prize’, your favourite item. Well, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the best bit, would you?
Try eating your food in the reverse order instead and START off with your favourite foods first. That way you can enjoy your favourite bits while you are actually hungry, rather than having to cram them in at the end when you’re stomach feels like it is about to burst.
After you’ve eaten the “best first” it becomes so much easier to be able to stop when you’ve eaten just enough and maybe even leave some on your plate, saving yourself from consuming all that unnecessary food!
TIP 2: Drink a large glass, or even 2, of water just before you start to eat your meal
You’ve probably heard this tip many times before, but guess what? It really works! Scientific researchers found that when people drank 2 glasses of water just before their meal, they ate a surprising 22% less food than when they skipped the water and just started eating.
Why is this? Well, it seems that the water reduces your appetite by increasing the sensation of fullness in the stomach. So, reach for the H2O first and you will automatically cut your portions down by almost quarter! How cool is that!
TIP 3: Separate wants and needs! What do we mean by this?
Well, is it real hunger, or just a craving, or desire to eat something that prompts you to reach for food? Overweight people tend to convince themselves that because they want to eat, it automatically means they need to!
Every time you reach for something to eat, just stop and ask yourself if you are physically hungry: do you really need this, or do you just want it? You might be surprised at how much unnecessary eating you will avoid, and how many pounds you will shift in the process!
TIP 4: Use a smaller plate!
Once again, you’ve probably had this drummed into you time and again. But, it’s because this tip works! People who eat their meals served on a smaller plate consume less food.
One study followed the eating patterns of 2 groups of people in a buffet situation. The researchers concluded that those who were given large, 12” plates, helped themselves to, and proceeded to eat, 24% more food than those who were given smaller, 10” plates.
Interestingly, all the people who had eaten from the smaller plates reported that they felt completely satisfied afterwards, even though they had eaten substantially less food!
TIP 5: Eat slowly and mindfully!
If you eat quickly and mindlessly, you have little, or no, concept of what, or how much, you’re eating, which means you firstly miss out on appreciating your food, and secondly you can easily end up overeating.
In contrast, however, when you take time and eat slowly, maybe even sitting down at a table to enjoy your meal, without any other distractions, you will find that you enjoy your food and the eating experience in a different way. You will become aware of the range of tastes and textures. Everything about the meal will be elevated to a new level.
Eating slowly and mindfully means you feel satisfied eating less food. Try it!
TIP 6: Think you feel hungry? Have a drink of water first!
You need to replenish your water stores regularly to avoid becoming dehydrated. Do you know that sometimes when you’re dehydrated you may experience the sensation of extreme hunger? How confusing is that, when the hunger is just thirst in disguise!
Unfortunately, it can be quite easy to mistake the body’s signals for needing water as a sign of hunger. So, you end up reaching for unnecessary food, when all you need is a refreshing glass of water. So, keep drinking the water and you may save yourself from a lot of unnecessary eating!
Drink as much water as possible when you are drinking alcohol. A glass of water between alcoholic drinks will keep the headache away. Also research shows that it reduces the total alcohol consumption.
TIP 7: “You can’t outrun a bad diet!”
People are starting to accept that unfortunately, to just “eat less and move more” seldom means you will lose any weight.
So, re-iterating the words of cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, don’t waste your time, money and effort joining a gym, if you’re still going to continue with the same eating habits, because it’s not the solution to your weight issues.
For example, you would have to run three miles, just to burn off the calories in a Snickers Bar.
You can only successfully shift those excess pounds, and keep them off for ever, if you change what you are eating. More than 50% of the calories consumed in the UK comes from calorie-dense, processed foods, which are usually full of highly-refined, poor quality carbohydrates, fat and sugar. Scientific studies have found that these foods light up the reward centre in the brain, making them addictive and hard to stop eating.
It’s so much easier to control how much you eat when you choose natural, nutritious, unprocessed foods. And because real food is more satisfying and generally less calorific, this all helps the fight against the flab!
TIP 8: How about skipping breakfast?
Maybe, like most of us, you were brought up to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what’s the worst thing that could happen if you decided to skip breakfast sometimes?Many people admit that they don’t feel hungry first thing in the morning, which isn’t a problem. It just means that they don’t need to eat as soon as they wake up!
Our number one rule for clients who want to lose weight has always been to only eat when you are physically hungry. So, instead of forcing yourself to eat breakfast if you’re not hungry at that time, why not wait until later in the day to “break your fast”?
TIP 9: Join the intermittent fasting club!
If you feel comfortable skipping breakfast, then the next logical step is to embark on the well-trodden route of intermittent fasting.
There’s nothing new-fangled about fasting; it’s one of the oldest healing traditions in human history, and it’s been a part of virtually every culture and religion in the world. Fasting has been used therapeutically for centuries: Greek physician, Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Medicine”, was a great believer.
Intermittent fasting usually involves only eating between an 8-hour window each day, then not eating for the remaining 16 hours. So, if you eat your evening meal, but then skip breakfast, there’s a good chance that for up to 50% of your fasting period you will actually be asleep and wouldn’t be eating anything anyway.
Fasting is the new Cool… everyone is doing it
There’s a long list of benefits attributed to fasting, but possibly the most significant benefit that you’re waiting to read about is that intermittent fasting has been found to be more effective than calorie restriction at increasing fat loss, while simultaneously preserving muscle tissue.
TIP 10: Consider going out for Christmas dinner, instead of staying at home.
How can eating out on one of the biggest days of the year help you to drop a dress size?
Well, research has found that people who book their celebration Christmas dinner in a restaurant generally buy in less food, and all the usual, calorie-laden extras, such as chocolate, cakes and other assorted “seasonal treats” to have at home.
Also, a meal out will probably consist of 3 courses, and will not include tins of Quality Street and unlimited mince pies afterwards!
So, planning just one special meal out on Christmas Day, and resisting the “siege mentality” of stockpiling massive amounts of empty-calorie festive snacks will not only save you some pounds in money, but it will also save you piling on the pounds around your waist! It’s a win-win situation.
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