The holiday season is upon us, and while it's a time of festivities and indulgence, it can also be a bit daunting if you're following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. But fear not! We have some tips to help you survive and thrive this Christmas without derailing your all your keto-fuelled progress this year. Let's dive in!
Keto Tip 1: Set a realistic goal.
It may be too difficult to try to lose weight during the holidays. Maintaining the weight you’ve already lost or your current weight is a more reasonable goal. This way, you won’t set yourself up for failure.
Keto Tip 2: Watch Out for Hidden Carbs.
The Christmas season is notorious for hidden sugars and carbs lurking in sauces, gravies, dressings, and even in unexpected places like glazes or marinades. Always read labels and ask if you're unsure about the ingredients. Being aware can save you from unintentional slip-ups and help you make informed choices.
Keto Tip 3: Hold out for what you really want.
Is it the wine or the chocolates that you really want at on Christmas day? Is it the mini quiches, the crab cakes or the champagne you really crave at the New Years Eve party? If you set priorities in terms of the foods you want to eat, you’ll be less likely to munch mindlessly on crackers or chips—or the other 10 foods at the buffet table—just because they’re there. It’s OK to allow yourself an occasional indulgence; just be selective, and savour your treats.
Keto Tip 4: Choose Low-Carb Alcohol.
If you are getting merry this Christmas, be mindful of your alcohol choices. Opt for white spirits, or low-carb beer and wine alternatives. Keep an eye out for added sugars in cocktails, as they can quickly add up. Stay hydrated and drink in moderation to avoid derailing your progress.
Keto Tip 5: Don't be too hard on yourself!
Enjoy the holiday season while making mindful choices. Don't be too hard on yourself if you slip up, just get back on track with your next meal. Christmas is a great time to start thinking about your weight loss goals, and goals you want to accomplish in other areas of your life. Write these initial goals down, and work on fine-tuning them as the year draws to a close.
With these Christmas keto tips, you'll conquer Christmas like a low-carb champ! Stay strong, stay focused, and have a wonderful low carb Christmas!