To spend the holidays in complete serenity, you have to set some rules to follow. Difficult ? No ! With Weight Watchers, discover how not to crack and take full advantage of the holiday season.
- 1 What is the Weight Watchers diet? What is the principle ?
- 2 1 – I prepare my shopping list and I select my little pleasures
- 3 2 – I keep the festive products for the meal on D-Day
- 4 3 – I focus on satiating basic foods
- 5 6 – I take advantage of the light and I get enough sleep
- 6 7 – I don’t fight against my fatigue, I accept it
- 7 8 – I get help in the kitchen
- 8 9 – I don’t skip lunch on New Year’s Eve
- 9 10 – I set myself rules for the evening
What is the Weight Watchers diet? What is the principle ?
Weight Watchers is one of the most popular diets in the world. Created in 1963 by the American Jean Nidetch, the Weight Watchers (WW) method covers several aspects:
- A sustainable weight loss taking into account everyone’s tastes and eating habits;
- One point system to create a personalized balance between all foods and drinks consumed;
- The practice of a physical activity ;
- I’mutual aid with other members to achieve their goals.
The Weight Watchers slimming program is more precisely a low calorie diet (low in calories) personalized. This partly explains his commercial success: the one who follows him never has to deprive himself because no food is forbidden. The WW diet has seen many changes over the years. Today, we suggest you follow the advice of Weight Watchers for the holiday season.
1 – I prepare my shopping list and I select my little pleasures
Ritually, you do your shopping for the week on Friday evening when you leave the office. And you wonder how you are going to be able to resist the urge to buy just a small jar of foie gras, or delicious chocolate rocks. “You will avoid temptations having written the list of foods you need for the coming week, and sticking to just those, advises Delphine Théard.
“Ehurry so that your trolley does not direct you to the tempting rays!”, she adds. Indeed, the supermarket shelves lead us to temptation before the holidays, and you are sure that you will crack. “Do not scatter yourselves, advises Virginie Megglé, psychoanalyst. “Focus on what you really love and give yourself that little treat.”
2 – I keep the festive products for the meal on D-Day
“Foie gras, capon… must stay dishes that correspond to a particular moment like Christmas. Consuming them several times before the holidays will make them lose their exceptional side”, explains Delphine Théard. “And you’ll enjoy their taste less. Keep that in mind when you’re tempted.”
On a daily basis, it is advisable to have a varied and balanced diet, and to consume all food categories according to the recommended daily allowances: a portion of starches, of fruits and vegetablesof the meat, fish or eggs for proteins (to be supplemented/replaced with vegetable proteins), dairy products and of (good) fats, in small quantities.
It’s the same for drinks: we keep the consumption of alcohol for special occasions, on an occasional basis, and we always drink it in moderation! The rest of the time, we drink water as much as possible (1.5 liters per day ideally).
3 – I focus on satiating basic foods
“In each category of food such as fruits, vegetables, meats, fish… the satiating foods are those that are less fat, less sweetthe least salty“, says Valérie Roig-Eyral, Weight Watchers facilitator. These foods are high in fiber, protein – and do not leave traces of fat in the body after digestion”.
Seasonal satiating foods include:
- Chicken breast;
- Defatted rindless white ham;
- White fish (cod, whiting, plaice, etc.);
- Citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit, clementine, mandarin);
- Kiwi, pineapple, persimmon, mango, passion fruit…;
- Brussels sprouts;
- Cauliflower ;
- The leek ;
- Plain yogurt;
- Pasta, rice, potatoes, quinoa, lentils, oatmeal…
Some foods (frozen, canned) can be purchased in advance. The day before or the same day, you will only have fresh products to buy. Poultry have a long best before date. You can buy them a few days before!
Don’t wait until the last minute to think about its composition, your races. Any rush will lead you to stress. The more you take your time and are sure of your organization, the more relaxed you will remain.
“Ten days before, design your menu to offer something festive, but neither too fatty nor too sweet”, advises Valérie Roig-Eyral.
“Yes to brut champagne, no to demi-sec, which has a higher carbohydrate content. Also avoid mojito-type cocktails that combine sugar and alcohol. Think of non-alcoholic drinks: fruit juice, vegetable juice…
“Abandon the peanuts, puff pastries, quiches and offer vegetable broths in vegetable verrines: diced zucchini with coriander and lemon…”proposes Valérie Roig-Eyral.
- Entrance : “Swap foie gras and white pudding for oysters served with a shallot and lemon vinaigrette rather than rye bread and butter, smoked salmon with lean fromage blanc sauce and dill, scallops in carpaccio or pan-fried and lemony”, details Valérie Roig-Eyral ;
- As a main dish, the guinea fowl is one of the leanest poultry. “If you want it stuffed, make the stuffing yourself with a duxelle of vegetables, mushrooms, chestnuts or dried fruit. suggests the Weight Watchers host. “Another possibility in terms of meat: roast beef, ostrich, filet mignon of veal in a crust… And choose oven cooking that does not require the addition of fat. Accompany your dish with vegetables : fondue of leeks, endives, mashed chestnuts, keeping a light hand on fats and favoring vegetable ones for their contribution in omega-3 essential fatty acids.” ;
- With cheese, replace the traditional platter with a verrine of light fromage blanc served with fine herbs, shallots, salt and pepper. It’s fresher, more digestible and less fatty ;
- For dessert, you have several options:A frozen log rather than a pastry log, a cup of scoops of ice cream with different flavors, or very vitaminized, an exotic fruit salad”, advises Valérie Roig-Eyral.
6 – I take advantage of the light and I get enough sleep
At this time of year, the sun has become rare, but the light outside is always there. “STake some fresh air as soon as you can”, advises Delphine Théard. “Brightness is good for morale. And if your mood is good, you need less comfort, especially food.
Done nights from 7 to 8 hours to recover and be fit the next day. “If you lack sleep, you may want to eat more, without even feeling hungry, just to make up for your lack of energy.” specifies Delphine Théard.
7 – I don’t fight against my fatigue, I accept it
“Today, society asks us to be constantly efficient”, underlines Virginie Megglé, psychoanalyst. “But, winter is a season when it is normal to want to hibernate, to feel more tired. However, you have to know accept this state of fatigue, welcome it, listen to your body and, when it happens, rest”.
“It is important to take the time to take breaks of 10 to 15 minutes, close your eyes and focus on yourself. To think that we will fight this fatigue by eating is a mistake, because the energy regained will only be ephemeral.
Consider eating foods rich in vitamin D, which strengthens bones, but not only. It also affects your mood. To not miss it, remember to include oily fish, egg yolk, beef or veal liver on your menus.
8 – I get help in the kitchen
The kitchen is also a moment of sharing. And you don’t have to do it all alone if you don’t feel like it! Do not hesitate to ask for help to a member of your family, to a friend who will be present at dinner, to prepare the meal on D-Day (or even to do the shopping beforehand). Getting help in the kitchen means less stress, and more fun!
What’s more, “December 24th, do not cook on an empty stomach, you will be tempted to taste your dishes”, alert Delphine Théard. “If you have a little peckish before you get started, eat an apple, a carrot, a yogurt, a hard-boiled egg”, she adds.Also think about store your ingredients as you go“.
The next day, you can serve the meat which remains cold with a little green salad or make several portions and freeze them.
9 – I don’t skip lunch on New Year’s Eve
If you are hungry, eat. It is not recommended to skip a meal if the feeling of hunger is there! You will only be more frustrated and you may arrive hungry and need to eat more. Moreover, this “nad” idea goes disrupt your metabolism and cause you to store more at the next meal.
Simply make a balanced meal by favoring fish or lean meat, vegetables or legumes, fresh fruit.
10 – I set myself rules for the evening
The right tip: arrive on New Year’s Eve having thought of a personal plan. For example, tell yourself that you allow yourself two or three drinks throughout the evening and that you dispense with bread. “Even if you overflow a little from this framework, it will always be less than if you had not set any objective”, recalls Valérie Roig-Eyral.