One of the reasons I think we often have a tough time losing weight is because we see it as an insurmountable task. If we have more than a stone to lose, it feels like a massive mountain to climb and a huge undertaking. But sticking with the mountainous metaphor, if you are climbing a mountain you don’t just jump straight to the top, do you? You take it one step at a time, climbing slowly until you get to the top. Occasionally you turn round to see how far you’ve come but you keep slowly and surely trudging up to the top. Weight loss is the same. You won’t get to the end on day one but that shouldn’t stop you making the first steps to start your journey.
Losing weight at Christmas
With Christmas only a couple of weeks away and the party season already starting, for those of us trying to lose a few (or a lot) of pounds it can seem quite daunting. I hear a lot of people at this time of year telling me you can’t stick to a diet at Christmas or even you shouldn’t be on a diet at Christmas.
My response is that you shouldn’t be on a diet at any time, but not that you shouldn’t be losing weight around Christmas.
The key to success lies in taking each day one at a time. Don’t get sucked into the mindset that once you’ve eaten a mince pie that you’ve blown it and therefore that you have carte blanche to eat everything in sight until January 1st. If you have a party day then allow yourself some leeway. Eat moderately at the meals you have at home, choosing healthy options and allow yourself to eat what you fancy whilst you are out. On the days when there is nothing special going on then eat as you normally would and if you pop an odd mince pie after tea it won’t matter as long as you don’t trough the whole box. Moderation is definitely the key and if you deprive yourself you will only end up bingeing.
Key points to remember
Change your mindset to one where you can have the food you want, provided you truly want it. Remember that weight gain over the festive season is not inevitable and you have power over your own choices.
By taking each day as it comes and one meal at a time, the mountain won’t seem quite so difficult to climb and you may feel a whole lot better by the time January starts. And you may be able to go out and buy a size smaller in the January sales!
I’d love to hear any tips you have for eating well over the Christmas period and you can also get 7 more of my detailed tips by clicking here too!