Christmas time is often a period of overindulgence, and it's no surprise. There are so many delicious treats on offer, but if you’re on a diet, Christmas can actually be quite a daunting time. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to help ensure you stay on top of your diet at Christmas.

1. Everything in moderation

Once you tell yourself you “can’t” have something, you immediately want it more. So rather than banning yourself from having delicious Christmas treats, or a Christmas drink, instead taking the approach of moderation is key. If you stick to your diet the majority of the time, then it’s okay to reward yourself with a treat. Having a treat will also help keep you more motivated, rather than denying yourself everything at once, which is more likely to leave you feeling frustrated.

2. Only drink once a week

The Christmas period can be quite a boozy time of year, however, this is an easy way to use up all your calories. Instead, pick one night a week in which you allow yourself a couple of drinks, and stick to water or low-calorie alcohol-free alternatives for the rest of the week. This will give you something to look forward to and it’ll taste much better when you do have a drink! Remember that different drinks are more fattening than others. For example, spirits such as vodka and gin tend to have fewer calories than a pint of beer or cider.

3. Work around the buffet

If creating food spreads for friends and family, it’s a good idea to try and create space between you and the temptation. Place all the foods you “should” be eating on one table (or one area of the table) and the food you are trying to avoid in a separate area. Out of sight, out of mind is often a good practice to try when it comes to sticking to your diet at Christmas time.

4. Keep moving

Christmas time is also often associated with relaxing more, which tends to mean less movement. To help keep on track with that Christmas diet, it’s important to ensure you’re still getting enough exercise. Whether it’s taking a walk outside with the dog or friends or dancing away to Christmas music, make sure you get moving during the Christmas season.

Follow these tips and you’ll be in a stronger position to stick to your diet this Christmas season.