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The 12 days TO Christmas: Day 7

Day #7's 'Xmas Survival' tip is to do yourself a HUGE favour and stay away from the scales.

If you've dieted for most of your life, there's a very good chance that you're addicted to weighing yourself.

It's VERY common and I used to be guilty of the very same thing.

PLEASE don't do this over Xmas. I'd love you to never do it again but please, especially not over the holidays.

The 'weight' you gain when you eat a little more than usual or foods that are more carbohydrate-rich than usual will NOT be fat.

When our bodies initially receive less calories than they need (you go on a diet) glycogen is the first reserve to be used. Glycogen is hydrophilic so when you use up glycogen, you lose water at the same time.

Conversely, when you reclaim your glycogen reserves upon eating a little more again, back comes the water too.

And it's the WATER you are initially weighing in a holiday season, NOT fat!

So don't beat yourself up over the holidays saying you've put on 2lbs in 2 days....yes, you probably have, but 2lbs of WATER though, not fat.

Do yourself a favour and put the scales away. If you really want to see what effect Xmas has had (and only if you REALLY have to) weigh yourself a couple of weeks after the holidays have passed. Or better still, just check yourself out in the mirror and see how those clothes fit. 

Then get back to eating well, moving your bum regularly and it will all sort itself out anyway.

Scales are for fish...and for checking the weight of your luggage when you go on holiday 😃