How to Get Back in the Zone After Christmas

Christmas has been and gone, but you’re still not back on the weight loss wagon. No matter how many days you say “today is the day,” you find yourself gorging on chocolate, cake, leftover turkey and more.

Deep down, you know you need to get back into that weight loss zone. You may have stepped on the scales and be mortified at your gain, or be scared to even see the damage.

You can get back in the zone after Christmas. Here are three tips to help you do it today.

Get Rid of It All

It sounds like a waste of food, but you don’t have to throw it all in the bin. Anything that’s not been opened can be taken to food shelters or food banks. People are always thankful for those who donate, whatever your reasons for donating are.

Another option is to give it to your neighbours or friends. What about your friends with children just to get it all out of the house?

Anything that has been opened can be put in the bin. Chances are it’s going off around about now, anyway. It’s been a while since Christmas Day!

Once it’s out of the house, you’re less likely to crave it. Even if you do crave it, it’s not there to actually eat it.

We managed to get just the right amount this year, knowing that we had a lot of family coming over. I opted against the large turkey and just got the medium sized one that would be just enough for Christmas Day and then a turkey curry the next day. There was a little extra left over for the Sunday to have sandwiches or snack on when the in-laws came over. Very little actually went to waste!

Be Realistic With Yourself

You’re not just going to stop cold turkey (mind the pun!). Sugar has been shown to be just as bad as cocaine when it comes to acting like an addiction. You will have withdrawal symptoms and you will crave it.

If I’m honest, I don’t agree with not having chocolate at all. I’ve always made it clear that everything in moderation is fine, even for weight loss. The key word there is “moderation.”

Be realistic with yourself. Allow yourself that bit of chocolate or that cake one day, but the next day you need to be strict and honest. Listen to your mind and your stomach. Does your stomach really need everything your mind is telling you that you need.

If you do give into cravings, don’t be too hard on yourself. Know that you weren’t going to be perfect. Nobody is! There’s no point feeling guilty. It’s all about getting straight back on it. Don’t let that one treat turn into a whole ruined day. Don’t let that one ruined day turn into a whole ruined week.

Get Strict With Yourself

While you’re realistic, you still need to be strict. I’ve already briefly mentioned this above, but it’s more than just ignoring those cravings now and then.

You need to avoid buying certain items in, so the temptation isn’t in the house. It’s time to learn the word “no” and use it on a regular basis.

Being strict doesn’t mean being unrealistic. It doesn’t mean being hard on yourself. You just need to have the willpower to succeed. Think about where you want to be by the summer and what you want to achieve with your weight loss. Being strict and determined is the only way you can do that.

Remember this isn’t just about food either. It’s to do with moving more and being happier within yourself. Spend time on yourself and get out to the gym, go for a walk or take up a sport you enjoy to get yourself moving more.

Now is your chance to get back on track. You just need to get back in the zone after Christmas. You can do it, and these tips will help you. Are you ready to get started today? Get that first weigh-in out of the way and start afresh right now.


  1. I've got to agree with everything you say about moderation, as soon as you ban anything it just becomes so much more "forbidden fruit" and you crave it even more!


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