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Updated on November 28, 2013

Who doesn’t eat and drink a bit too much at Christmas? It wouldn’t be Christmas without having a few too many mince pies and one too many eggnogs! We all want to relax this Christmas in the comfort of our own home surrounded by family and the warmth of the fire, and more importantly feel comfortable and relaxed in our clothes. But fear not! We can have it all.

There are plenty of diets out there that will guarantee to make you feel comfortable and fit into that little black dress; but remember preparation is key, you don’t need to crash diet to achieve healthy weight loss. With 4 weeks till Christmas you have plenty of time to kick start your weight loss today!

Following a strict diet anytime of the year can be difficult but you will never have more incentive to look and feel fabulous than your work Christmas do. Just remember, when dieting don’t make yourself unhappy by removing everything nice as you are allowed the occasional treat!

Set yourself a goal

Now before you read any further get that little black dress out of your wardrobe that’s been gathering dust over the last year, you know then one I’m on about, the figure hugging dress that you stare at longingly? Hang it up somewhere obvious – you need a visual goal and before you know it you’ll be swapping dish rags for glitter balls!

Plan ahead – write a food diary

Firstly in the next four weeks you should start by writing a food diary – too time consuming? Think again; just note it down on a piece of paper at your desk at lunch time or even make a note in your phone whilst on the commute to work. Don’t worry; this is intended to shock you! Women should be eating around 2000 calories a day, by working out what you are currently eating; you can begin to understand where you are going wrong and what you need to change. However, you don’t need to start calories counting – but you do need to know exactly what you are putting into your body.


If you are anything like me, I would rather have an extra 10 minutes in bed than make the effort with breakfast. I grab a quick coffee in the morning before work and chomp on breakfast biscuits for my elevenses. By switching this and getting out of bed earlier, I could eat a healthier breakfast of fruit and natural yoghurt. Are you the same?

Alcohol is not your friend

Be careful with alcohol, it’s a huge minefield of calories and fats just waiting to be consumed. Be sensible with the amount you drink, lower calorie drinks like dry white wine or a single vodka with diet lemonade only tips the scales at a mere 70 calories per glass, unlike baileys which has an astonishing 120 calories – and you get a lot less!

Say no to skipping!

No more skipping breakfast or lunch and snacking throughout the day instead. Take the time to prepare your works lunch the night before, you will feel fuller and proud of your health eating, not to mention impressing all your work mates.

Avoid temptation

You can also avoid temptation! With the season of gifts, chocolate and sharing coming up be prepared to indulge in treats. If you are going to work and you know there will be lots of chocolates on offer with endless amounts of naughty food, then be prepared and take a healthy snack box so you can scoff to your heart’s content when it comes to the afternoon munchies. Dried fruit and berries are a great sweet alternative or if you are more of a savoury girl then vegetable sticks are a great too.

It’s all about the H2O

Drink lots of water! You need to be aiming to drink at least 2 litres of water per day, not only does it depress your appetite, it also refreshes and revitalises your vital organs making them perform at optimum levels. It will also work magic on your skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hide those blemishes.

Time for exercise

Unfortunately if you want a dramatic weight loss there is no magic pill; you will have to get active! Jogging in the evening is great way to get you started, lacking motivation? Persuade a friend to go with you. Are you a couch potato? If you are like me, after dinner the remote goes into my hand and I’m already on the sofa before you can say Eastenders. It never really occurred to me that just by working out in the adverts, you can gain up to 16 minutes of exercise in just one hour! That’s three ad-breaks of 4 minutes!

Think positive

Reward your success! Whether you challenge yourself to lose a certain amount of weight, eat healthy or even just exercises a certain amount of times a week. However, don’t reward yourself with food –it’s a slippery slope! Perhaps a bath or watching your favourite programme or a new pair of shoes? Anything that makes you feel good.

Need a little help?

If you find that you can’t do all of this alone then why not find a personal trainer for a few sessions to get you started? They will give you the guidance and support you need, on your quest for a trim tummy; they will also help you with a diet plan. It may be an initial expense to set up but you will reap the benefits in the long term.

Time scale

If you’re anything like me then you’ll already know that there’s 4 weeks till Christmas. With the countdown upon us there has never been a better time to eat healthy as when you have to zip up that LBD and shine like a star amongst the bubbly and the glitter that is the Christmas party season, you won’t want to face a struggle with the zip.

No need to worry, you still have plenty of time to make a difference, just set yourself realist goals and time frames and you will be on to a winner.

Bio: Karen is a great believer of feeling fabulous at the Christmas party. Whenever it gets close to Christmas time, and she’s feeling a little low about fitting into her LBD, she knows it’s time to call upon her personal trainer for that little bit of extra motivation.


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