I wanted to write a little post for all you Mummies out there worried about the Christmas season and your expanding waistlines and let you know that it doesn’t have to be all bad.
Yes, this time of year is the hardest to follow healthy eating guidelines and also I’m not the big, bad Grinch telling you that you can’t have fun or enjoy your Christmas. I’m here to tell you there is a very merry in between.
I think firstly we should change our definition of weight loss and look at it as weight management. Christmas is about managing your weight and basically trying to lessen the effects of our Festive fun!
Here are three steps to managing your weight over Christmas:
1. Pick and choose your battles. Normally parties and events take place from Thursday to Sunday. This means that Monday to Thursday or Friday you need to follow a better plan. Whether this means following the Mummy Shape Programme of meal replacements and reducing your calories on those days or simply just sticking to 3 meals a day with no snacking. These days are your good days and the party days are the Festive days- but they are planned and you allow for them in your weight management plan. The key things to remember here are: don’t return to bad habits after the event even with a hangover and remember what you eat you crave so the more healthy food including fruit and vegetables you have during this time, the more you will crave even during these parties and nights out!
2. Burn the extra calories. First, let’s remember that active Christmas shopping can act as your cardio! As busy mummies we do burn calories and if we just add a few more workouts or just walks to the shops, around the park or out with the kids, this will help to counteract all those additional calories.
3. Give yourself a break. Adding to the already stressful Christmas season by stressing out about overeating will probably cause you to overeat every more. I know it does for me. So, enjoy the time off you have with your family and allow yourself Festive Days and just relax. You’ll probably find that if you manage to keep up some good days, the effects of the Festive Days can be quickly undone in the New Year.