It's true. Christmas is not the right time to start dieting; yet, it is also not the appropriate time to put on weight, at least if you want to fit into your little black dress on New Year’s Eve and make a stunning first impression! However, this little black dress deserves many sacrifices. If you’re ready for it, read along as we whisper 4 little commandments to avoid weight gain during this festive season, and a few bonus tips to ask for forgiveness in case of guilty slips!
Tip # 1 - Bring in healthier cooking to your kitchen!
If you can’t control your expenses this Christmas, at least take control over the calories you consume!
50% off on Buche de Noel!
A crazy offer your waistline will thank you for! A portion of Buche de Noel has around 300 calories! With this offer, you can cut those calories in half. Here are a few tricks:
- Use light butter (25% fat).
- Use 2 egg whites instead of each whole egg.
- Sweeten with cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract instead of regular sugar.
- Use only dark chocolate.
- Reduce the cream filling or replace with sugar free jam.
New Christmas Collection: Healthier Turkey!
Although a healthier turkey is part of this year’s New Christmas collection, surprisingly, it comes at a discounted price: 350 calories per serving. Here’s the recipe (serves 12):
- Rub turkey breasts with 2 Tbsp of each of fresh rosemary, thyme leaves, and olive oil.
- Thinly slice 1 onion, 1 apple, and 1 pear. Stuff the turkey with these along with ¼ cup of dried cranberries.
- Glaze it with 2 cups apple juice and 1 Tbsp of each of brown sugar, mustard, and olive oil.
Tip # 2 - Count every little tiny bite!
During the festive season, every bite counts and hides a few guilty facts behind it! If you’re expecting a Royal Christmas, then you’d better be ready to pay double the price! The exquisite delicacy of foie gras (fatty liver) comes with a 200 calorie tag per serving (50g), and those luxurious little black pearls are stamped with a 40 calorie tag per Tbsp!
Lebanese mezza is not any different! It can stack plenty of calories while you are still innocently waiting for the main dish! Before you nod your head at every suggestion given by the waiter, a breathtaking fact is worth noting: Carrot sticks, mixed nuts, vine leaves, tabboule, fattoush, hummus bi tahini, cheese rakakat, kabab, sambousik, shanklish salad, white cheese, and garlic labneh can add up to 700 calories (excluding the alcohol gulp at every cheers)!
Tip # 3- Watch out for tipsy calories and nutty gatherings!
Nuts may be your heart’s best friends, but they are definitely your diet’s worst enemy. Nuts can secretly sneak calories into your diet, especially if you’re not closely monitoring your portion. Restrict to no more than one of the following choices: 23 almonds, 18 cashew nuts, 12 chestnuts, 8 macadamias, 6 whole walnuts, or 45 pistachios. If you’re drinking alcohol during the nutty gathering, reduce your portion size of nuts by half and drink no more than one of the following: a glass of wine, a can of beer, a glass of champagne, 30mL of rum, whiskey, gin, tequila, vodka or arak, and 15mL liquor or cognac, as liquid calories do count too!
Tip # 4 - Plead forgiveness for overeating - the active way!
Christmas is the season for overeating, no one can argue about it! However, you can still undo the effect of it by being physically active! Here are a few handy tips:
- Sweat off your 300 calorie intake of Buche de Noel by walking for an hour, adding a 10% incline to your 30 minute treadmill workout, or rope jumping for 30 minutes.
- Turn the shopping mode on since one hour of shopping burns 130 calories. Still concerned about that piece of Buche de Noel? Go shopping for around 2 hours!
- Dance on New Year’s Eve like no one is watching! It only takes 1 hour on the dance floor to burn 300 calories.
Christmas is about sharing, loving, and forgiving! This applies to dieting as well…. Share your portion to cut down calories. Love your health by making healthy choices. Forgive yourself for falling into a few fatty or sweet temptations you could not resist. Merry Christmas!