Christmas Survival Tips
Ah Christmas…the season of over-indulgence!! Will you be one of the masses to loosen that top button, fall into a food coma and succumb to the endless temptations that come with parties, work do’s and family celebrations filling up your social calendar in December?
Every year too many clients use Christmas as an excuse to fall off the training wagon. They work so hard throughout the year to shed those unwanted pounds but as quickly as you can say “ho-ho-ho” all that good work is undone as they reach for that 5th mince pie and glass of mulled wine.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not The Grinch…I love Christmas! I love the food, the celebrations, the parties, the Carols and the decorations. It’s one of my favorite times of year. HOWEVER (you knew there had to be a but coming….) you don’t need to over-indulge in order to enjoy the festive season. In this article I’m going to share some top tips to help you stay on track this season and avoid the January “shame shuffle” back to the gym!!
1. Moderation is key. Be selective. You can have a little bit of everything, just don’t go overboard. Remember, Christmas does not mean “I must eat my own body weight in mince pies”!!
2. Watch those portions. Remember the healthy dinner plate model. Your plate should consist of ½ salad/veg, ¼ lean meat and ¼ starches (e.g. sweet potato)
3. Listen to your hunger signals and stop eating when satisfied. We’ve all slumped back in our chairs at some stage moaning about how we shouldn’t have eaten that extra helping that is now making us feel uncomfortable and bloated! This Christmas try to recognize when you are comfortably full…then step away from the table!
4. If you enjoy a festive tipple, try to take it easy. Alcohol is packed with kilojoules! Remember the saying ‘don’t drink your calories’. Alcohol loosens up your inhibitions so you tend to eat things you wouldn’t normally eat and you eat more than you would normally eat.
5. Keep moving! Yes, it’s a busy, and sometimes stressful time of year, but that’s no excuse for not working out. Stick to your training routine. You’ll feel better for it.
6. Be realistic. Christmas is meant to be enjoyed! It’s not a time to shift those unwanted few pounds. A more achievable goal is to keep your weight stable over the holiday period and simply not put any weight on.
7. If you’re putting in some solid training sessions during the Christmas break, remember to keep fuelling your body with good carb’s (to replenish your glycogen stores) and protein (to help repair damaged muscles before and after workouts).
8. Stay hydrated. Again, especially important for those training during the Christmas break. Alcohol dehydrates the body, so make sure your drinking water throughout the celebrations as well.
If you can keep these simple tips in mind over the festive period you won’t go too far wrong. Christmas is a time to enjoy with friends and family so from myself and all of the team at Skye Fitness we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fit and healthy New Year.
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