First of all I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy christmas (if you happen to be reading this at christmas time that is). Now christmas should be a time for enjoying yourself with your friends and family and course that will involve some eating and drinking of the traditional christmas fair. I for one will be do exactly that and I see it is as a reward for be disciplined throughout the year.
But did you know that the average person puts on around 7 kilos (1 stone) at Christmas? So to avoid that being you and looking like father Christmas yourself in January then follow these 5 tips…
1. Don’t stop exercising. Most people actually have more free time, what with time off from work or the workload slowing, so there is no reason to pack in your training. Get to the gym early and get your workouts done or if you’re brave then head out for a quick run to keep your metabolism fast and burn off some of the excess.
2. Get your mind right. Don’t go into Christmas with the attitude that you’re going to eat everything in sight, if you do I can guarantee that you will regret it in January, trust me I see so many people in this exact situation year after year. Also eat what the things that you want but don’t eat things just because they are ion front of you, you don’t have to eat a whole tin of quality street just because it is there.
3. Don’t Gorge. This follows on from my last point but it needs to be stressed. Don’t eat until bursting point, eat until you are full by all means but don’t cram your belly with food until you’re more stuffed than the turkey. And if you are eating at a friends or family members house don’t worry they won’t be offended if you don’t clear the plate.
4. Out of sight out of mind. Most of us have lots of chocolates around the house during this time of year but we would eat considerably less if we kept them closed away in the cupboard and only brought them out when guests were coming over. It’s incredibly hard to resist those chocolates when they are on the coffee table in front of you whilst your bordem levels are reaching new highs as you watch old Christmas re-runs on TV.
5. Frankie says ‘Relax’. Christmas can be an incredibly stressful time of year if we let it and we all know what happens when we get stressed, we comfort eat. Comfort eating at Christmas time is like comfort eating on steroids with all the bad food and alcohol laying around, so try to relax. Don’t worry about trying to make everything perfect because it never will be, just remember what it’s really all about.. enjoying time with friends and family, keep that in mind and you won’t go far wrong.
So here’s wishing you all a merry Christmas and a great new year!