Stay the Course This Christmas
It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means… Christmas! A time of joy, excess and decadence, it can be pretty hard staying on track over this festive period. But, all the hard work you put in over the year doesn’t have to go to waste.
Here are our five top tips for limiting the damage and staying the course this Christmas.
1.KEEP TO A ROUTINE
No matter what, you’re going to eat extra calories over Christmas. Just accept it.
You might eat an extra 500 calories a day in mince pies, topped with some Baileys. Obviously this is less than ideal. But on top of this, you start to swerve the gym because it’s too cold, dark, wet, snowing, early, or late – whatever the reason. Let’s say each gym session burns 500 calories. That means you’re taking in an additional 1000 calories per day!
Eating mince pies everyday means you need to up your training, or use those extra calories to bulk.
2.ADJUST YOUR DAYS ACCORDINGLY
If I know I’m going out for my Christmas meal and there’s a chance of one or two sherries afterwards, ideally I’d adjust my days food to try and make room for some of those extra calories I will consume during the evening’s antics.
I’m not saying skip meals. But look for leaner protein sources and fill up on veg instead of carbs. Keep your protein levels high but cut back on the fats and carbs.
3.DRINK LIKE A FISH
And by that I mean water!
Being thirsty can make you feel hungry and lead to unneeded snacking. Being hydrated will help your digestion and keep those hangovers at bay too.
Aim to drink 1 litre per 25kg of bodyweight.
And I don’t mean the celebrations! If you are worried about gaining weight over the Christmas period, then why not try to lose it before hand? If you can drop 7lbs before the festivities odds are by the time you get to the New Year you will be the same weight as when you started and it won’t seem as much of a struggle to drop the weight again!
5.WORK THE ALTERNATIVE
Like I said earlier, weight gain is pretty much inevitable during the Christmas period – pies, cakes, sweets – you name it, it’s all there. If you don’t want to totally restrict eating these goodies then what about restricting the days you do eat them? If you only ate these festive treats every other day you’re instantly halving the extra calorie intake!
Try to follow these five tips and the January blues won’t hit you so hard.