10 Tips to avoid those extra Kilos this Christmas

1: Get plenty of Sleep. When you are sleep deprived your body produces hormones that tell you to eat more, and your body produces less leptin, which helps it to signal that it’s full.

2: Don’t arrive at events Hungry. Having a healthy snack before heading out, makes you less likely to snack and overdo it on high calorie foods.

3: Drink plenty of Water. Water helps to flush out toxins in your system and helps your skin stay bright and fresh. It also makes you feel better, and keeps you hydrated on these hot summer days.

4: Eat Protein food first. protein helps you feel fuller for longer, therefore choose meats such as chicken, beef, pork and even prawns to go with meal.

5: Take a breather. Waiting 10-20 mins before going back for seconds, allows the food to properly reach your stomach and allows your body to realise it is full, preventing overeating.

6: Keep Moving. After a big lunch or dinner, go for a walk, play some sport with your friends & family. This helps the digestive system process your food & help blood insulin levels stabilise, giving you more energy.

7: Watch what you Drink. Excess Alcohol is an easy way to add on the kilos but it doesn’t have to be. Enjoy alcohol in moderation, have a glass of water between drinks, and look for heather choices when drinking. Such as mixing drinks with Soda or Mineral water instead of soft drinks, and why not add some fruit, lemon or lime for extra flavour.

8: Serve yourself. Avoid over eating whilst keeping family and friends happy by serving yourself. This allows you to try a little of everything, but allows you to only get what you want to eat so you don’t feel obligated to finish a huge plate of food.

9: Enjoy some health treats. Christmas time is often a time when we all pig out our favourite indulgent recipes and go a little crazy. However, there a heaps of healthy yummy recipes available online, so why not try something new this Christmas or simply add a fruit platter, so some homemade yogurt ice creams to the menu.

10: Enjoy yourself! The festive season is a great time to relax, have fun and catch up with friends and family without having to worry about what you are eating. Simply remember everything in moderation, and one day of splurging isn’t the end of the world so enjoy yourself!

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