It’s that time of the year again - more social events, late nights, and indulgent treats!
With all this fun however can cause food anxiety in some people.
If your goal is weight loss and you are worried about losing the progress, you have made so far this year here are some tips that can make the holidays a little smoother and not leave a mountain to climb in January.
- Have realistic expectations for what you will be able to achieve over the next few weeks, if being in a calorie deficit is too hard to stick to at this time - aim to eat around your maintenance calories. This will give you more room to enjoy extra treats and not derail your progress.
- If going to an event where finger food/appetisers are present. Eat a nutritionally balanced meal before you go to avoid temptation.
- If you drink alcohol, opt for lower calorie options such as Light Beers/Ciders or clear spirits with low calorie mixers e.g., Slimline Tonic, Soda Water, Diet Soft Drinks
- Have healthy but satisfying snack prepared for when you come home peckish and for the next day to avoid unhealthy takeaway temptations!
- A tip for remaining within your goal calories: Look at your total recommended calories per week instead of per day:
For example, your guide is to eat 2000 calories per day - that equals 14,000 calories per week. If you have an event on Sunday - you could consume 1,800 calories for Mon-Sat. This will leave you a much more realistic guide of 3,200 calories for Sunday. Just be sure not to cut off too many calories during the week to ensure you are still getting enough food to fuel your body!
Christmas is only once a year and a time to spend with friends and family. Food plays a huge part in bringing people together - we have had two years of COV-ID restrictions so do not be too hard on yourself!
Have a lovely Christmas from everyone at GourmetFuel x