Putting on weight can seem an inescapable part of the Christmas season, but you can curb some of your binging instinct with a little foresight. Case in point: when you’re shopping, plan the route you need to take to buy all your gifts to avoid fast food.
Real Simple offers this advice:
Plan your shopping route so you don’t pass the [takeaway food vendors] a dozen times. The obvious reason? Both sights and smells can coax you to eat, and with some vendors purposefully wafting their aromas your way, saying no can feel impossible.
It’s also a good idea to avoid fast food places that emphasise the colour red, as research has shown that red stimulates the appetite. If you have a serious junk food addiction, online shopping is clearly your friend. If you are shopping at bricks and mortar locations, this strategy not only keeps your waistline in check, it ensures you shop with a list rather than at random.
9 Healthy Holiday-Eating Strategies [Real Simple]