Well, its ‘that’ time of year again! From mid October nowadays we are steadily subtly & not so subtly fed images, adverts and articles relating to Christmas and what has become known as the ‘festive season’.
I absolutely LOVE Christmas but can also acknowledge that it can be a minefield for those of us who are somewhat conscious of our weight, waistline and physical appearance. If we are not careful Christmas can become an orgy of eating, drinking and partying that can take until March to recover from!
Below are my 4 simple steps that will help you survive Christmas with your waistline intact and still enjoy the most magical time of the year!
The biggest problem I see with some of the people I work with is that they can blow Christmas out of all proportion. What does Christmas mean to you? Is it a religious celebration? Is it a solid month of eating and drinking to excess? Hangovers and uncomfortably full bellies? or is it a time to relax with friends and family, have some time off work and regroup before starting a fresh year?
I would strongly recommend starting your Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day and enjoying those 3 days. If you go totally wild for 2 or 3 weeks the recovery process will be that much tougher afterwards.
We all pretty much know that we will likely consume more calories on Christmas Day than any other day of the year. This is not in itself a terrible thing. There are simple things you can do to take a ‘damage limitation’ approach to the day largely around setting certain boundaries for yourself.
- Eat a light breakfast and drink plenty of water throughout the morning.
- Don’t snack at all before Christmas Dinner is served.
- Take your time eating your meal to allow your body to feed back to your brain that you have had enough.
- Don’t drink any alcohol before you sit down for Christmas dinner.
- Avoid lots of Cheeses and sweets after your main meal.
- Go for a walk in the afternoon after your Christmas dinner to aid digestion and avoid the more than likely ‘afternoon snooze’!
- Get comfortable being polite but firm with pushy but kindhearted family members or friends constantly offering food and drink when you don’t really want it.
Build in Activity
Each day over your Christmas break build in some form of gentle activity, even if its only a leisurely walk. This will energise you, blow away the cobwebs and burn approx 300-400 cal/hour that you wont burn sitting on the sofa!
Decide strongly that on 2nd January 2017 life returns to normal (or hopefully improves massively) Don’t waste the first 2 weeks of the new year procrastinating about resuming or adopting a healthy more active lifestyle. Plan in advance and hit the ground running!
At Unique Results we are only shut for 3 days over Christmas (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day) so there is no excuse for not keeping up with your regular training and class schedule.
We wish all of our members, past and present a very happy Christmas!
Yours in elf,
James St Pierre