Holidays and festive periods are a challenge to any dieter. The last thing you want to do is watch what you eat, when everyone else is gorging around you. I believe that if you deny being able to eat normal during special times from yourself, you will be more likely to give up altogether.
My weight loss was going very well when Christmas was approaching. I decided that I wanted to eat whatever I wanted during the festive period, so it was a conscious decision to take a break from my diet. I was completely expecting for the weight to momentarily go up, and I thought it was ok. As long as you know to expect it, it’s fine. The plan was to go back on the diet afterwards. The bigger challenge for me was to reach my pre-Christmas weight before my holiday, only two-and-a half weeks after the Christmas period.
As expected, the weight went up, but it also came down pretty easily. The main thing is to get back on the diet. The risk is that once you’ve given yourself some freedom, you carry on, rather than go back on the diet. I managed to get back to my pre-Christmas weight before my holiday, and in fact even a little bit lower.
Again, on holiday I completely eased off the diet, and once back, and back on the diet, I’ve gone back to the weight I was before the holiday, and now even lower than that, so everything is back on track.
Like I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, sometimes it’s actually good to give your body a ‘shock to the system’, so that it doesn’t get used to the low calorie intake and slow your metabolism down trying to adjust to it.
I would probably say don’t sweat and stress too much about sometimes having a break, and even your weight going up because of it. As long as you expect it, and have a plan how to carry on (and get back on it), you’re all good.
My weight loss currently stands at about 10kg (22lbs) since starting in September 2018, even with Christmas and another holiday during this period. My plan is to lose the weight the way and speed that works for me, and will more likely stay away once target is reached too. I’m planning for the whole journey to probably take over a year.