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With Christmas just 4 weeks away, it's that time of year when we all over indulge with food and drink, because that's just what you do at Christmas time! And being on a diet can make you feel miserable at this time of year. Well I thought I'd give you my 3 top tips to try and avoid those holiday mishaps and keep you looking and feeling fab. I hope they help.

1. Take time to think – This might sound weird, but you would be amazed at how switched off we can be when someone offers us that second slice of cake, or a top up of wine.When you are deep in conversation or concentrating on other things, like trying to wrap all the Christmas presents before the kids get home, you are so preoccupied that you don't consider whether you actually want more food or drink. If someone offers you another drink or a gooey, delicious dessert, stop and think. Am I still hungry or have I eaten enough? Do I really want to eat/drink this? Is it worth it? If you give yourself enough time to think before choosing, you will more than likely pass.

2. Be prepared to party We all know those friends of family at parties who badger you to have another drink or another plate of food, and although their intentions are good, it can be really depressing having to constantly say 'no thanks, I'm on a diet'. So when you head to a party where you know there is going to be lots of food and drink to tempt you, be prepared. Eat before you go so you feel full and can easily refuse food. If you don't want to be left out when everyone else around you is drinking, then opt for a clear spirit like vodka with a low calorie mixer like soda water. And if you start feeling a bit peckish but really don't want to start diving into the buffet, keep an Ideal Weight bar in your handbag or jacket as a snack.

3. Don't worry, be happy – Sometimes dieting can be all consuming and it can take up a lot of your time, if you let it. Remember that Christmas is about family and friends and enjoying your time with them, so make sure you make time to enjoy yourself, but with a little preparation and forward thinking, it'll be a lot easier to deal with. Get your glad rags on and have fun!

And if you have a little party dress or posh new shirt that you want to wear to your Christmas party of family do, but it's a bit snug at the moment, remember you could still lose a stone before Christmas! So get in touch with Ideal Weight now!

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