May your days be merry and light.

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May your days be merry and light.

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The festivities have begun, and parties and await. Poise yourself for nights of revelry without ditching your weight loss efforts. Here are ways to indulge without the guilt.

1 Portion control

Before loading your plate at gatherings, do a quick survey of all the food options available. Make a note of what you really want to eat, and don’t feel compelled to sample all the carbs and fried food just because they’re there. Instead, fill up on protein and high-fibre veggies – these will keep you fuller for longer – and save your calories for just one helping of your favourite dessert.

2 Sneak in workouts

Going to be out all night? Squeeze in a morning run before heading out, or do a 20-minute HIIT workout pre-party. Research published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that doing 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity in the a.m. reduced study participants’ desire and motivation for food for the rest of the day too.

3 Cut back on soft drinks

Don’t negate your weight loss efforts by downing liquid calories. A typical can of soft drink contains roughly 150 calories and up to four teaspoons of sugar. Swop this for a glass of water instead and you’ll be cutting out unnecessary carbs.

4 Get extra help

It’s okay to occasionally give in to temptation when you have Borsch Med Bind&Block FAT with you. This weight management supplement limits the amount of calories you take in. Its active ingredient, chitosan – an indigestible fibre from shellfish – helps to prevent your body from absorbing fat. The fat is then passed out of your system naturally the next time you move your bowels. To use, simply take one sachet half an hour before tucking into a hearty meal. Curious? Borsch Med Bind&Block FAT is now sold at a special price of $42 for 30 sachets (usual: $49) for a limited time only. Available online at, and leading pharmacies and selected departmental stores. Sign up for the Borsch Med online membership at and enjoy a welcome gift of $10 worth of Reward Dollars (no min. spend required) and earn 5 per cent on purchases in the form of Reward Dollars.