Did you know that it takes on average 3 months to lose the weight gained over the Christmas period??? According to research by MSN, for Christmas lunch alone the average person in the UK eats two to three servings, consuming a whopping 2,300 calories in one meal. That accounts for 115 per cent of the recommended daily intake for women, and 92 per cent for men – and that’s before taking into account the nuts, chocolates and alcohol we consume.
Here are a few ideas that may help you survive this Christmas without piling on the pounds…
PASS ON SECONDS
Practice saying, “Thank you that was delicious, but I’ll pass on seconds.”
If you are going out to a group meal – try to get a look at the menu online and choose beforehand the least calorific choices.
By being the designated driver of your group you’ll have to forgo the alcoholic part of the evening – but you will also miss out on the hang over and calories too!
EXERCISE PORTION CONTROL
Most people don’t want to be over-faced with a huge great pile of food. We have a tendency to think that feeding people up is a way of showing our love – well it won’t if the person becomes obese!
DON’T STOCK PILE
The shops are only shut for a couple of days – save the money and take the family to the movies instead.
GET FRESH AIR EVERY DAY
Try to get out into the open air for a walk, the fresh air will do wonders for everyone’s lungs and the movement of the legs will aid elimination.
ALTERNATE YOUR DRINKS
Try having a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink.
The Yogic Approach to Eating…
The yogic approach to eating is worthy of a mention at this point…the ancient text ‘Hatha Yoga Pradipika’ suggests that you should only fill your stomach to half way with food, then another quarter should be filled with water and the other quarter left empty.
This is easier said than done, for a start off if you are constantly holding the tummy in, you won’t be able to allow the food to pass – constant tension in the abdomen means that you are restricting the peristalsis movement of the intestine and therefore the stomach doesn’t know it’s full until it’s too late. Creating the right atmosphere – relaxed – is therefore important before you eat and then taking time, looking at food, chewing slowly and really appreciating the flavours and textures all go a long way to ensure that the stomach receives food that is correctly prepared. I don’t think we can expect the Christmas dinner table to offer all these attributes – but perhaps we can with one or two other meals over the festive period?