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Ways to avoid putting on weight over Christmas

Twelve Pounds of Christmas

The Twelve Pounds of Christmas (Sung as The Twelve Days of Christmas)

Oh, the first pound of Christmas was easy to ignore...
(And) It all started with a box of Lindor.

The second pound of Christmas, a tummy full of bloat...
Fast food while Christmas shopping …

The third pound of Christmas came sneaking up on me…
Eggnog and cookies.

The fourth pound of Christmas came with the butter tarts...
I should never start!

The fifth pound of Christmas appeared overnight...
Yikes! My pants are tight!

Shortbread cookies baking, how fattening can they be?
Butter added six pounds…..

Staff parties are in full swing so plan for food and cheer...
Seven pounds already this year.

The neighbours came a-calling and brought with them some cheer...
Can eight pounds come from beer?

The thermometer is dropping, but the scale says nine pounds up…
Make that latte “light whip”.

Now it’s time to trim the tree and decorate the house...
That extra 10 pounds makes it a workout.

The season’s not complete without fruit cake and mincemeat...
11 pounds to my seat!

After turkey and the fixin's you’ll be more stuffed than the bird...
12 pounds up this Christmas, how absurd!

It's fun to play around like this and change the words to The Twelve Days of Christmas, but for some people this isn't actually that far off from what really happens over the Christmas season. Here are five last-minute tips and a few strategies to help you not just survive the holidays, but to thrive right through without gaining 12 pounds for Christmas this year.

1. Think protein and eat small meals throughout the day to keep blood sugar stable. One meal won't make or break your results, it's what you do consistently in and around that meal that determines health and weight.

2. Bring snacks with you – protein bars, shake mix and shaker bottle, unsalted nuts and a Mandarin orange are just a few of the things I never leave home without during the Christmas season.

3. Never arrive hungry. Having a small balanced snack before heading out to a dinner or party will make sure you are choosing what to put into your mouth rather than the mindless munching that happens when your blood sugar drops. Restricting food all day and “saving room” for that big dinner is actually worse and will cause your body to burn muscle and store even more fat that sticking to the plan all day and then simply indulging for the one meal.

4. Have your alcohol with food. Alcohol is a carbohydrate. Think of that glass of wine like a piece of bread. When carbs are consumed by themselves, blood sugar spikes and fat is stored. In order to minimize that spike and the carnage, it's best to enjoy that glass of wine with dinner. Or a least a small handful of nuts.

5. Hydrate. Not only will water help flush out any bloat that may have been collected by the extra sugar, salt and alcohol, but it will also help you to feel better the next day if you did happen to overdo it just a little the night before.

Even with just a few weeks left until Christmas, it's never too late to make a difference. Plan your celebration meal and be choosy when you indulge. And then enjoy it guilt-free.

Studies show those who plan their special occasions tend to make much better choices in the days leading up to them. And those who choose to indulge in only their favourite treats tend to enjoy them guilt-free and are typically satisfied with smaller portions. But those who randomly indulge simply because it's Christmas and treats are available, tend to report less enjoyment and more guilt.

That’s something none of us wants to carry into the new year.

For more information on how to use food to create hormonal balance and stabilize blood sugar, watch Tania's free video here.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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Nutritionist Tania Gustafson, owner of FIT Nutrition, has been active in the health and fitness industry since 1986 when she entered as a fitness instructor and trainer.

In 2011, Tania partnered with internationally renowned nutrition and fitness expert Mark Macdonald, and in 2017 officially earned the title of Master Nutrition Coach in conjunction with Venice Nutrition and the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaches (IBNFC).

Tania is one of only five health professionals licensed and certified in Canada to deliver this proven, three-phase program of blood sugar stabilization, not dieting.Tania is committed to ending the dieting madness both locally and globally and educates her clients on how to increase health with age.

Tania is able to work with clients across Canada, the U.S. and U.K. to restore health and achieve their weight loss goals.Tania is a wife, mother of three adult children, global entrepreneur, speaker, workshop facilitator, writer, blogger, podcast host, travel junkie and self-proclaimed gym rat.

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