Food & Nutrition

10 things you wish you knew last Christmas

Try some of these ideas to making this Christmas a happy and healthy one.

1. Go with the holiday flow

Manage your expectations and set realistic goals. If you’re on a weight-loss journey, try to maintain during December and then focus on new goals in January. Take a look at our 3 Christmas eating strategies for more advice.


2. Be a healthy host

Stock up on fresh seafood, homemade rice paper rolls, summer fruit, low-fat dips and vegetable sticks. Looking inspiration on how to prepare a healthier Christmas day feast? Check our WW Christmas recipes.


3. Feel fuller with protein

Add a hard-boiled egg, canned tuna, a few roasted nuts or some skinless chicken breast to your salad to help keep you fuller for longer.


4. Switch your snacks

Set yourself a goal to only snack on fresh fruit and vegetables for the whole month of December by making the most of WW ZeroPoint™ foods! Sticking to one simple goal like this can add up to significant SmartPoints® savings.


5. Count your drinks

Choose the increasing range of lower kilojoule bubbly, beer and wine brands. Remember that low-carb beers do not automatically equal lower kilojoules and light beers, which contain less alcohol, are often the better choice. Read more about alcohol and weight loss.


6. Buddy up with a friend

Buddy up with another WW member or a family member who seems to have Christmas under control. Ask them about their strategies, call them on a daily basis to compare meal plans or to swap recipes. You can also get great ideas and support in our member's only Connect community.


7. Splurge differently

Ask your friends and family for support with your weight-loss efforts and enforce a no-treats-please rule. Let them know that you’re happy to swap chocolates and mince pies for a music download voucher, so you have the latest tunes to walk or workout to.


8. Don’t go hungry

If you arrive at a function hungry, this can easily get the better of your smart decision making and result in overeating. Before you go, curb your appetite with choosing ZeroPoint foods.


9. Party smarter

Try to focus on the occasion rather than the food. Mingle as far away from the buffet as possible, dance the night away, enjoy good conversation or wear a large bangle to act as a break, by catching your eye every time you reach for a canapé.


10. Book an active break

With all the silly season planning, you can often feel like just getting away from it all. So, do it! Go for an exotic trek or a week-long bush walking adventure – anything that keeps you happy, healthy and active.