Like most people you are probably a bit worried about the impact of Christmas on your waistline, so what I thought I would do is give you all 10 quick tips to help you get through the festive season, and avoid Christmas weight loss guilt:
Always carry some healthy snacks with you whilst you are out. If you suddenly realize that you haven’t eaten for ages, which can happen around Christmas time with so much else going on, then you don’t have to rush to the closest fast food outlet to satisfy your hunger. Good options are raw nuts, a low-calorie bar or a piece of fruit.
My advice is (unless there is a medical reason to do so) don’t aim to lose weight during the festive season. This can leave you feeling deprived and may even lead you to binge eating on the very foods that they have been trying to avoid. Focus more on not gaining weight rather than losing it. If you do lose any weight during this time, look at it as a bonus.
As is the tradition in my family, this time of year involves a large amount of food. When faced large amounts of festive food, fill up on the healthier options and have only a small amount (or none) of the others. You can often find healthy foods at Christmas parties, you just need to be selective!
Look at the food on offer & make smart choices before filling your plate. Only pick the foods you really want, this will ensure that you won’t overeat.
Remember that fresh, whole foods are always better than processed ones. The same goes for homemade foods over shop-bought ones.
Make sure you eat regularly throughout the day, rather than saving yourself for one massive meal. Also eat a small protein rich snack before going out for a meal, as it will prevent you from over-eating later.
This sounds like a no-brainer, but we have all eaten to we are uncomfortable (I know I have…can anyone say all you can eat). Make sure you only eat until you are satisfied, not totally over-full, if you get hungry later, you can always snack on any healthy leftovers.
Not only are alcoholic drinks full of ‘empty’ calories, they can impair judgement. So if you overindulge, you are likely to eat more of the very foods that you are trying to limit.
Keep exercising! Get some family activities going, play with the kids and their new toys or if your in Australia organize a game of backyard cricket.
Don’t suffer through this period, after all it is the holiday season! Especially on Christmas day, it is only one day of the year….enjoy yourself.
Once the festive season is over, it’s time to get back on track. If you are struggling on your weight loss journey, you should consider taking a look at my recommended nutrition plan <— Link to Website. Once your nutrition is in order I recommend you have a look at my recommended training program for women <— Link to Website or my recommended training plan for men <— Link to Website
Drop a comment below if you have any other tips that you use to get through the festive season!