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The holiday period around Christmas has to be one of the worst times to be on a diet or about to start a diet. From Thanksgiving in North America to New Year's Day we are bombarded with food, food and more food.
Not to mention the wine, champagne and cocktails. One big calorie fest that can pile on the pounds and leave us starting the New Year feeling very unhappy with ourselves.
Or you have the will power of the strongest steel and have to face party after party holding a glass of sparkling water and a celery stick watching everyone else indulge.
The great thing about an intermittent fasting diet is that it's a perfect solution to both staying on a diet and enjoying the festivities. As long as you're not planning to party seven days a week (Oh, you are? Then you'd better just put off dieting until the middle of January)
It's not that hard to have two rest (fast) days a week in the middle of all the rest of the excess, your body will probably thank you for it.
Also many of the foods you are cooking for the non-fast days through this season will probably work very well for creating low-calorie options for the fasting days - you'll probably have lots of left over Turkey at some point - try some of these recipes to use on the fast days. And smoked salmon is another ingredient which works both on fast and feast days.
And if you just finding this post feeling hungover and bloated at the end of the holiday season - then welcome! And you will probably want to start over here.