What if your goal was to maintain your weight or put on a 2 or 3 pound instead of losing weight? Would that be such a bad thing ?
Spending quality time with family, having fun and relaxing is just important and should be part of a healthy mindset when looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle
👉🏼Manage Your Expectation
Would it be such a bad thing if you put on 2-3 pound? Just know you will be able to get back on track and lose the weight again in the new year. Instead of putting Demands and high expectations on yourself, ‘trying to be good’ and potentially setting yourself up for ‘failure’
First of all, ask yourself the question: what do I want to achieve over the Xmas period regarding how much you weigh? Set yourself realistic expectations.
Obviously you want to avoid excessive weight gain, but what is also important is to enjoy time with family, have some down time and enjoy food without feelings of deprivation and thinking ‘macros’ and ‘calories’. Your weight loss journey is not determined by the few days at Xmas, but what you do 365 days of the days. A healthier outlook on Xmas would be to see it as an opportunity to give yourself a rest mentally and physically. To rejuvenate the batteries so to speak, instead of focusing on what the scales say.
Here are a few simple thing you could implement over Xmas to help with damage limitation, without putting too much pressure on yourself to ‘diet’.
🔹Maybe eat at maintenance calories for a week
🔹Stay active (10,000 steps)
🔹Give yourself an eating window e.g 9-7
🔹Stop eating when you are full
🔹Be mindful of what you are eating.
Christmas isn’t the time to worry about your diet. Focus on eating “right” 90% of the time when you’re at home and in your routine. If you’re fortunate enough to celebrate holidays and take time off, enjoy it.
Have a happy and healthy Xmas/New Year