Your question says to me that you haven't embraced healthy eating as a lifestyle yet. If you had you would know that over eating one day won't hurt and there is no need to fast.
This is a lifetime commitment. Sounds scary, I know, but it's less scary than the alternatives! What are you planning to do every time your family gathers and there is food? Pretend you eat heaps of food normally? Or you could just eat sensible portions and if anyone asks just say that you have been watching what you eat lately, and you feel awesome, and could they pass the green beans. Sure, you may eat more than usual, most of us will. BUT do your best and get back to it on Boxing Day. After all, everything in moderation!
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12/23/12 8:37 A
As other people have said, if you have been trying to have a more healthy lifestyle for while now and you fast on Christmas Eve then binge of Christmas day it will likely make you feel sick.
I would say that it would be better to have a plan of attack - to go into the day knowing what you're going to allow yourself to eat and what you're not going to allow yourself to eat. My family is having a Christmas lunch. I plan to eat what I want (though at this point I normally gravitate towards the green beans and sweat potatoes anyway) until I am full - but not overeat. There will likely be a lot of desserts. I am planning on having a very small portion of a couple so that I can taste everything, but not go overboard. On this day I will probably eat a lighter version of my normal healthy breakfast and probably just a light dinner/healthy snack later in the day because I probably won't be terribly hungry at that point anyway.
There is no reason to fast. One day isn't going to set you back too much as long as you get back to your normal eating on the 26th. I still don't think you should full out binge on Christmas though. You're body probably will not like you very much for that, and it will make you sick.
I believe that Dietician Becky recommends reducing your caloric intake by 100 calories or so for several days before a big holiday party which gives you a few extra hundred calories as "padding" to even out your weekly average, but actually fasting is not necessary. It won't hurt you if you do it, though. One day of very low calories and one day of very high calories is pretty irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. If it's just once a year, it won't matter. But neither will just one very high calorie day *without* having a very low calorie day beforehand.
I very often eat almost nothing the day after overeating, simply because I don't feel like eating.
And of course you don't want to eat too much at Christmas -- if you've been watching your diet for some time now, you'll just make yourself sick and you will be completely miserable!!!
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9,691 12/22/12 9:25 P
It would be far wiser to approach the holidays with a healthy attitude regarding your food. Starving yourself so you can binge is NOT healthy eating! It's not going to make you feel good.
I would strongly advise you to eat normally on Christmas Eve, and then eat as you like without overdoing it on Christmas. It will take more than a single day of overeating to derail you; don't gorge, just eat sensibly and don't fret about the intake.
Don't set yourself up for disordered eating by trying to punish yourself first so you can reward yourself later.
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Just eat normally Christmas Eve and on Christmas day eat a good breakfast and be sensible later.
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12/22/12 7:54 P
Skipping meals so you can binge later is never a good idea....
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12/22/12 7:33 P
I was wondering, would it be healthy to/ should I fast on christmas eve, so that I can eat a lot on christmas. I really don't want the people who are coming over to know that im dieting, so would this be healthy, or would it be detrimental to my my weight loss goals? PS. Merry christmas!
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