Whether it’s lunch with work colleagues or an evening celebrating with friends, most of us tend to eat out more over the festive period. The holidays are the season of good cheer, which means parties, eating out and indulging at home – but it is possible to eat, drink and be merry without overdoing it.
Here are our top tips for joining in this Christmas whilst keeping an eye on your waistline:
1. On the first (and second, and third) dayof Christmas...
A one-off Christmas meal out probably won’t make any difference in the grand scheme of things, so enjoy it. However, if it’s one of many, consider carefully how itfits into your overall diet.
2. Check what’s on the menu
One of the best ways to ensure you make healthy choices when eating out is to check the menu before you arrive, whether online or in person. It means you can choose your meal withoutothers influencing you. Many largerrestaurant chains offer nutritional information online.
3. Adapt and thrive
Don’t be afraid to ask the restaurant to adapt dishes. It’s not usually a problem to replace chips with a jacket potato, salad or vegetables. You can also ask for no extra cheese, butter or oil, and to put sauces in a dish on the side.
4. Portion control
It can be easy to eat more than you intended when eating out. If you don’t want to feel too stuffed, consider a starter (perhaps with a side order of vegetables), instead of a main course, or ask for a smaller portion.
5. Tuck into turkey
The traditional Christmas dinner isn’t a bad choice when it comes to eating out. Turkey is a lean meat, and plenty of vegetables with your meal is good. However, keep an eye on portion size. Plates can be full of roast potatoes and parsnips, which come with extra fat and therefore calories. Sausages wrapped inbacon, stuffing balls and gravy can all behigh in salt, which is bad for your blood pressure and can make you thirstier, leading you to drink more alcoholic or sugary drinks than you had planned. Also, potatoes and parsnips are also surprisingly high in sugar, which all contribute to weight gain.
6. Be Drink Aware
It’s important to stay within the guidelines of 14 units a week for men and women, particularly if you are going to be socialising more than usual. Don’t forget the calories that drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can add. If you can, choose sugar-free drinks or water, use our 1:1 Dietwater flavourings and alternate these withany alcoholic drinks you are having.
And lastly, if you are feeling the squeeze, either now, or after the festive season, why not get in touch with me, your local 1:1 Diet Consultant, and I’ll help you feel become the best version of you in no time!
Wishing you all a very happy festive period!
Sophie Ames, 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant
Arborfield and surrounding areas