Drop a dress size before the Christmas Party (& still eat pizza)
Lose weight in time for Christmas and still eat pizza? Yes, it is absolutely possible, and we are about to show you how. But before we do, it's important to note one thing - this isn't just another festive health blog warning you to cut the extra fat off your turkey or drink water instead of wine (we'd never expect you to go without a festive tipple). Instead, we have tried to provide fresh and useful advice on how to realistically get those pounds down in time for the festivities. You can drop a dress size in time - you just need to focus on the right things and be motivated to your goals.
1. Plan ahead
Two weeks until the Christmas party? Four weeks til those cheeky Christmas Eve drinks with the girls? It’s all well and good having intentions, but intentions without actions tend to fall by the wayside. One action you can make before the events is a plan. So, if you have four weeks to go, perhaps you plan to lose 2lbs per week - over four weeks this is just over half a stone! And it’s so much healthier than crash dieting on the last minute, not to mention more likely to stay off as truly ‘lost’ weight. Whatever plan you rustle up, stick it to the fridge and make sure it’s in your eye-line daily (the fridge door is also one of the best places are you’re faced with a reminder when tempted to eat cake at 9.00pm).
2. Stay hydrated
Again, we are not saying ditch the mulled wine and stick to water by any means, but in the weeks leading up to the parties, especially when you are still at work, it's more important than ever to drink enough water. As it happens, staying hydrated is connected to maintaining a lower weight. For example, are you hungry or are you actually thirsty? It's not uncommon for you to misread your body's signals for hunger and end up over-eating when all you really needed was to be rehydrated.
According to an article on fitness blender, the most direct way that water helps increase calorie burn and weight loss lies in the way your body absorbs water. It states: "The body must first warm (or cool) fluids that enter the body to 98.6°F (body temperature) before they can be utilised. This process requires energy (calories) to either create heat (if drinking something below body temperature) or remove heat (when drinking something above body temperature). The calories required to do this are not a lot, but over time it can make a big difference."
3. Back off from the spiced cinnamon lattes
How many calories are in your takeaway coffee? Giving that spiced cinnamon latte a miss might make a big difference to your calorie intake and ultimately your weight, especially if you are used to having them quite often and you drop them out of your diet. We’re not saying all lattes are evil, but if you are aiming to lose weight, staying away from sugared up, creamy hot beverages from those big coffee companies will help a lot.
4. Do your Christmas shopping offline
Christmas shopping is increasingly done online, as the convenience and availability of everything we can think of is at the push of a button. It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but getting the girls together and hitting the local shopping centre is a great way of burning off calories whilst having fun. Turn it into a social event, get the woolly hats out, visit the German markets if there are any, and best of all, get the shopping done whilst moving around! There are lots of shopping centres which open late in the run-up to the festivities, so if you are short on time, book an evening with the ladies and get it done. An app such as MyFitnessPal can log your steps for you and tell you the calories burned, you might be pleasantly surprised.
5. Become part of the Lo-Dough family
The Lo-Dough family is ever growing, as more and more people discover its weight loss magic. Simply switch your bread and pastry for this virtually carb-free alternative - it makes a superb pizza base, a delicious wrap, pastry, cakes and more, all whilst being 39 calories per piece. That's 39 calories for a pizza base, meaning you can literally eat pizza and lose weight.
Lo-Dough is a new and innovative way to lose weight because it gives you the leeway to eat the food you love without piling up on the calories and carbs. If you are looking to shed the pounds for Xmas, get yourself a box of Lo-Dough and make the switch for December - and see the results.
A piece of Lo-Dough looks like this:
You can try a sample box for just £5 - get it here now