The end of 2020 is finally in sight and to be honest, most of us are just really looking forward to putting the whole year behind us and starting life all over again in 2021.
So when it comes to our health and weight loss, when December rolls around, most of us resign ourselves to the fact that we aren’t going to be sticking to any diet and that it’s better just to start again with a new year’s resolution in January.
But, the 31 days in December are a long time to make a difference in your weight loss, positive or negative.
Those 31 days could be the difference between going into 2021 feeling amazing about yourself or feeling worse about yourself.
You wouldn’t go off plan for a whole month any other time of the year, so why do it in December?
There is no doubt that December is a really challenging month to maintain weight, let along lose weight, as there are so many disruptions to our schedules and delicious, high-calorie temptations all around us.
The cold weather can put us off activities and make us liable to hibernate on the sofa, when we know we should be out and moving more in the fresh winter air.
So how can we even go about looking to maintain or lose weight as we approach Christmas?
Make a plan!
One of the best ways to tackle December and maintain your hard-earned weight loss, is to create a plan.
Take a look at your diary for December – what social plans do you have that might impact your weight loss? It could be some meals out, or drinks with friends?
Pop those events in your calendar and then, on the quieter days in the month, you know you can eat well and try to fit in some activity.
By planning in when you are going to potentially over-indulge, it will make you more likely to stick to the days when you are planning to be healthy!
Keep the cupboards stocked
Make sure you have plenty of fresh, healthy foods in the house and don’t be tempted to buy high-calorie Christmas treats when you’re at the supermarket.
Limit the amounts of unhealthy things you buy when you’re shopping, so you can’t eat them in a moment of weakness!
But, it’s important to remember that if you do have a moment of weakness not to beat yourself up about it and then allow a bad meal, to become a bad day, to become a bad week, to become a bad month.
Sneaking a mince pie here or there won’t completely sabotage your weight loss or stop you reaching your goals, but it might just start a spiral of mindless eating.
Before you eat during December, look at what you are about to consume, particularly when it comes to snacks, and think ‘Do I need to eat this?’
Being more focussed on what you eat, may help you cut down on unnecessary snacking and calories!
Remember, December is about striking the balance between not completely overindulging, but still being able to enjoy yourself.
It is about working to ensure you don’t undo all your hard work, but also don’t limit yourself so much that you feel you’ve missed out.
By maintaining your regime as much as possible over December of eating well and keeping up your activity levels, it means you don’t need to ‘start again’ in January. In fact, if you can master your weight in December, think about how easy it will be to master the rest of your weight loss journey!
If you want support and help during December and are worried about how you can stay on track during festive period, then give us a call and book your FREE initial weight loss consultation call with our GMC-registered doctors, who are here to help you reach your weight loss goals, no matter the season!