Christmas is a time for celebration, a time to relax, unwind and be grateful for everything we have. Unfortunately while relaxing many people acquire an extra 8-10lbs over the festive period and start the New Year feeling pretty rubbish.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can still have a great Christmas without piling on the pounds. It just takes a few little tips and tricks and you will be ahead of the game come January 1st.
TIP 1 – Aiming for maintenance.
Trying to lose weight over Christmas will just put too much pressure on yourself. With all the temptation surrounding us, it will eventually put too much pressure on which could lead to you reaching breaking point and going crazy in the Quality Street Tin.
Have a plan of being able to eat and drink anything you want Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. If you go out New years Eve then include that too. But the rest of the time stick to the healthy plan. This way you will gain a couple of lbs at most and we can easily shift that in the New Year. Half a stone is a very different story
TIP 2 – Keep Hydrated.
Alcohol is one of the major causes of dehydration. We lose fluid and important electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium when our body processes alcohol. Many common hangover symptoms – including headache, dry mouth and thirst – are at least partly caused by dehydration. The best way to combat dehydration is to drink plenty of water when you are out and keep water intake high throughout the whole of the holiday.
TIP 3 – Make Breakfast a healthy start to the day.
Lets face it, if you start the day with half a Chocolate Orange it is only going to go down hill from there. Start the day well and you have more chance of staying on track and even if you do have a few treat at least one meal has been nutrient dense.
TIP 4 – Stock the freezer with healthy meals.
Everyone’s overly busy during the holidays, and most of us want to spend our time shopping, decorating, or seeing friends and family, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals. Be proactive by cooking meals intended specifically for the freezer. You’ll be thankful later when you can pop one of the meals into the oven making life nice and easy.
TIP 5 – Take a multivitamin
Alcohol depletes the body of important nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium and zinc, and our eating may be less balanced during the festive season. Taking a good-quality multivitamin daily is a good way to help replenish your body’s stocks of these essential vitamins and minerals and to protect your general health.
TIP 6 -Keep moving
Keep up your exercise to counter the food. It doesn’t have to involve going to the gym, get out for a brisk walk and make the most of having some time off work.
TIP 7 -Eat before you drink
Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Always eat something nutritious before you head out. This will slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. When drinking, avoid snacking on high-fat foods such as hot chips and pizza and instead go for healthier snacks such as dips with crackers and breads, olives, nuts and grilled seafood
TIP 8 – Relax
Make sure you plan to take some time out so you can relax over Christmas. A happy time can soon become a stressful time if we spend it running round trying to please everyone. Take time for you , a walk, bubble bath or just reading a book can work wonders. Make sure you get plenty of sleep as well, we can soon get worn out if we don’t sleep enough.