COUNT­ING DOWN TO CHRIST­MAS If you don’t al­ready, start track­ing what you eat – it’s a habit that can re­sult in health­ier food choices.

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Stay On Track -

Keep your weight and healthy life­style be­hav­iours on track with this handy four-week fes­tive plan.

4 WEEKS TO GO: If your friends and fam­ily ex­change gifts on the 25th, ask them to sup­port your weight­loss achieve­ment with a ‘no food gifts pol­icy’ this year.

Buddy up with a friend or fel­low WW mem­ber and check in with them reg­u­larly in the lead-up to Christ­mas to help keep each other on track.

3 WEEKS TO GO: Chal­lenge your­self to switch your usual snacks for fruit and veg­eta­bles for the whole month of De­cem­ber. Stick­ing to one sim­ple food rule like this can equal sig­nif­i­cant kilo­joule sav­ings. 2 WEEKS TO GO: Set your­self a healthy four-week chal­lenge to see you through Christ­mas and the New Year, so you have some­thing to re-fo­cus on if you ex­pe­ri­ence a fes­tive blip.

Re­search and se­lect recipes that cre­ate lighter ver­sions of Christ­mas clas­sics which you can cook on the big day. See our food sec­tion, start­ing on page 48, for in­spi­ra­tion.

1 WEEK TO GO: If your usual ex­er­cise class goes on hol­i­day over Christ­mas, use this week to plan and com­mit to al­ter­na­tive ways to be ac­tive.

Plan your meals and snacks for this week and Christ­mas Day. Cre­ate a ‘fes­tive food’ shop­ping list and take it gro­cery shop­ping with you. It’s a re­search-backed weight-loss friendly strat­egy!

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