How to avoid gaining weight this Christmas
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It's that time of year again - you've got the perfect party outfit hanging in the wardrobe, your social diary has never been so full, every night there's another party to go to (but you're recording Strictly on Saturdays as you can't miss that) and you're good to go for another month of Christmas partying. It’s obvious that at Christmas you want to eat and drink more than usual. That's normal, but because of this the period is inevitably notorious for unexpected weight gain. It’s predicted that the average person may eat an estimated 500 additional calories a day over the Christmas season, resulting in a possible weight gain of 5lb. With this in mind, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has identified the top five tips to help you enjoy the festive party season while maintaining a healthy balance and a healthy body. 1. Eat hearty before the party. Decide whether to fill up on food of your choice, or run the risk of a limited choice at the buffet table, usually consisting of fat-filled stodgy offerings like quiche, sausage rolls, pastries and deep-fried samosas, with copious amounts of mayo-enhanced dips. Have something hearty, healthy and filling before you make your grand entrance, such as veg soup, low-fat hummus with oatcakes, fresh fruit and wholegrain cereal or a yogurt-based smoothie. Also, this avoids drinking on an empty stomach and you won't have to worry about spilling food over your best Christmas outfit!
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