No one is suggesting you miss out on the mince pies but, if you’ve been watching your waistline, Si and Dave have a few tips for surviving the excesses of Christmas…
Si and Dave have been on a weight loss journey that spans over three years. Both have lost approximately three stones in weight and have transformed their health through sensible eating, that doesn’t compromise on taste. But how do dedicated foodies watching their weight make it through the excesses of Christmas? From making the right choices at festive soirees to post-Christmas recovery, The Hairy Dieters share their top 10 tips…
The Hairy Dieters’ top Christmas survival tips
Si: ''Try to shed a couple of pounds before the festive season really kicks in. It’s damage limitation. By the second week of January you’ll be back to your normal weight and you won’t have had a Christmas of deprivation.''
Dave: ''Drink plenty of water, particularly if you’re trying to lose pounds before or after Christmas. If you’re not hydrated you can’t lose weight – or you can, but it’s difficult.''
Dave: ''Watch yourself at the Christmas parties – you don’t know how many calories are in those sausage rolls! It’s like the doughnuts on the way back to the car from the supermarket that don’t count – they do!''
Si: ''You don’t have to miss out on anything, just make some swaps that will save you a few calories and make all the difference when you add them up. Light spirits have fewer calories than dark spirits and beer - a good one to remember in the run up to Christmas.''
Dave: ''It’s tempting to add rice to all your Boxing Day leftovers, but a lighter option is cauliflower rice – we’re obsessed with it! Two cups of rice is about 500kcal whereas two cups of cauliflower rice is 80kcals, and it’s delicious!''
Si: ''If you find you have put on weight after Christmas, or at any time of year, don’t panic! As soon as your weight starts creeping up address it. It’s a dam sight easier losing three kilos than three stones. It’s about looking after yourself a bit, especially as you get older.''
And to get back on track in the New Year…
Dave: ''Try to add some level of exercise into your daily routine so it becomes a part of your life. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. You don’t need to do a marathon or the Great North Run, just walk to work or get off the bus three stops before you need to – small changes will make a big difference.''
Si: ''We started doing this when we first began losing weight, and there were so many shocks, especially with pre-packed sandwiches. Make different choices. Give things a second look.''
Less is more
Dave: ''Watch cooking with oil. A tablespoon of oil is about 70kcals. Olive oil is good for you but it has the same calorific value of lard. One tip we follow is to use a pastry brush and paste the bottom of the pan. You don’t notice any difference.''
Si: ''Any weight loss journey is very personal, and it’s about your own self-esteem as well. The hardest time for both of us was during the first three weeks - when we were getting used to the new lifestyle. After three weeks our relationship with food changed and we started to crave different kinds of food. Give it a try - you won't look back.''
The Hairy Dieters new book, Good Eating by Si King & Dave Myers is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in trade paperback at £14.99, eBook: £7.99.
Are you cautious with calories at Christmas or do you eat with abandon? Let us know in the comments below…