How to adjust your short term eating patterns to get over the Christmas splurge

Christmas Season Weight damage control


How to avoid weight gain over Christmas

Keeping in mind Hypnosis for weight loss/management can be very effective because it taps into your unconscious.  This is where significant change can take place.  Hypnosis will generally be the most effective when you combine two things:  a highly skilled and knowledgeable hypnotherapist and a very motivated client.  It is important that you are motivated to lose weight, so as to give the process 100% of your personal commitment and thus giving yourself the best opportunity to succeed. If you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy may benefit you in managing your weight and improving your choices surrounding food just get in touch – we would be happy to assist you further.


It is possible to  temporarily adjust your eating habits through willpower alone. Here are some more handy tips to help you adjust your behaviour in the short term to keep that extra Christmas weight gain to a minimum.

MAKE YOUR BREAKFAST COUNT – sticking to a protein rich breakfast has been proven to suppress appetite and reduce subsequent eating throughout the day. Skip the waffles toast or cereal and opt for an  omelet instead.

EAT FROM A SMALLER PLATE  ….if your Christmas Table is set to have big generous plates for the look of it  pop a smaller plate on top…looks classy and will help you to keep your portions to a more reasonable size. A full plate sends the signal that you’re eating a full meal and a partially full plate looks like a skimpy meal, regardless of the actual quantity of food. Using smaller plates and filling them up is a proven way to eat less without noticing.

BLUE PLATES – believe or not the colour blue inhibits appetite and can help you to feel full sooner with less.

PUT DOWN YOUR CUTLERY – when you put down your cutlery between mouthfuls it will naturally slow down your eating, this gives your system more time to take note of the fact that you had enough.

EAT YOUR GREENS – load your coloured veg onto your plate first, then your meat then your potatoes, the Veg will help fill you up and keep your digestive tract ticking over nicely.

GO EASY ON THE SAUCE – have sauces on the side in a jug or sauce boat and add as you go instead of drowning the plate with heavy or sugary sauces from the get go.

LOOK AT WHAT YOU EAT  – DON’T EAT FROM THE PACKET – When you can’t see how much you’re eating you’re more than a little likely to lose track and consume double or even triple the amount you’d eat if you took the time to serve yourself a proper portion. Use a plate, or a bowl, or even a napkin, just make sure you get a good visual of everything you’re going to eat before taking your first bite.

USE TALL SLIM GLASSES – Just like less food looks like more food on a smaller plate, height makes things look larger than width, even when the volumes are the same. You can cut down on your liquid calories by choosing taller glasses rather than shorter, fatter ones.

ADD AN EXTRA CUBE OF ICE – this adds up very nicely over time and can help greatly in cutting your liquid calories even further

ENJOY EVERY MOUTHFUL – last but not least take the time to really taste and enjoy every mouthful. Pay undivided attention to the taste and texture of each bite…eating consciously leads to greater enjoyment of the foods you like but here is the clincher, it also leads to eating less. The other by the by of eating consciously is that you will fully recognise the foods you actually don’t enjoy so much, this also leads to eating less. It’s a win/win situation.

We sincerely hope these extra tips will be helpful to you over the Christmas season and when you are ready to make more permanent healthy changes get in touch for 2019 and we will gladly assist you with that.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas from the Advance Hypnosis Clinics Team Nationwide.

Nollaig Shona

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