How to avoid temptation during Christmas

One common question we have received over the past few weeks is how to avoid undoing all your hard work during the festive period. The festive period is notoriously linked to overindulgence, food and lots of booze. It's the most sociable period of the year, with parties, gatherings, dinners and the big day itself!

Then there is Boxing Day, all the food gifted to us and then New Years. It is a lengthy period of temptation and the subconscious wanting to feel satisfied & fully satiated by all the goodies around us - cheese boards, mince pies, tubs of chocolates, nuts, crisps etc.

Many of you have contacted us asking for advice on how to avoid overindulging, so we thought we would compile a little guide to hopefully help you through the festive period. Some of these steps may work for some of you, some may find that they have their own routine to combat the festive cravings.

Either way, if you feel that you need a little extra support or advice from our team, then please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email. We would be more than happy to help. Likewise, the Facebook Support Group can be a great tool to get useful hints & tips from fellow slimmers.

Fill up with Protein, Vegetables & Fruit

Studies have shown that protein can fill us up for longer - it is one of the major classes of nutrients, alongside carbohydrates, fats, and others. Protein has also been shown to help decrease cravings and snacking due to the high level of satiety provided by protein.

Try to also keep up your intake of fruit, vegetables and salad over Christmas. Although salad is not usually associated with Christmas time, it is readily available all year round from most supermarkets.

Fruit & vegetables are easy to prepare for consumption and can be made very tasty with the right seasoning and cooking skills. Including some fruit and vegetables in your meals will help you to bulk up the plate with fewer calories. It’s fine to enjoy some of the bad festive foods we might not normally eat, but try to balance those foods with a healthy variety, including the nutritious plant-based foods the body needs.

Keep to THREE meals a day

We've always advised people to have 3 good meals a day to keep your body nourished and your energy levels sustained. Starving your body whilst using the medication can cause initial weight loss but that starvation will lead to the body craving foods it shouldn't be having once you stop the medication.

Over the Christmas period, it is important to stick to a good food regime, such as three balanced, healthy meals a day. This helps to keep your blood sugar levels constant. This means you’ll have energy for longer and won’t have to deal with those pesky crashes that can lead you to seek out sugary foods for a quick energy fix.

Make sure you're having a good breakfast too. As wholegrain toast is high in fibre, a non-digestible component that helps us feel full, it’s one of 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 and keep you fuller for longer.

Buy Less

One of the most common things we all do when we shop is buy too much. It is common for us to bulk buy or grab multi-buy deals or promotional items which are thrown in our faces whenever we walk into a supermarket. The trick is to only buy what you need but that is easier said than done.