How to avoid weight gain over Christmas

I know that many of you are being a bit anxious about Christmas, because of all the food and drinks you will be indulging in and the possible weight gain as a result. I would like to share with you a few tips, that can help you enjoy the holidays, without causing too much damage to your physique and fitness goals.

  1. The ‘all or nothing’ mindset

    Most people have this ‘all or nothing’ mindset thinking that they can only eat chocolate and cake over Christmas and as soon as 1st January comes they won’t be allowed these anymore because the diet starts. The thought of restriction in the New Year will only make you eat even more now, causing you to gain more weight and having to work harder in January to get in shape. When you switch your mindset, and start having a more balanced approach to nutrition, you will find yourself being able to control yourself more and not going overboard with the treats. Knowing that those foods are always there, every day of the year, will make you want to eat less of them simply because you know that they are always there. It must be your choice to be smart about your nutrition and enjoy the things that are not necessarily helping your fitness goals in moderation. 80% healthy 20% room to play is a good approach to your diet.

2. Portion control

As I already mentioned above, try to be sensible about your portion sizes. Fill up your plate with vegetables and enjoy the more calorie dense foods, like starches, fatty foods and dessert in moderation.

3. Try to make healthy choices during the day

Start your day with a healthy breakfast and try to eat as much vegetables and fruits as you can during the day so that you don’t feel the need to overindulge at the Christmas dinner. If you start your day with chocolate, chances are you will be making poor choices for the rest of the day.

4. Stay active

Try to go to the gym in the morning and get in an intense weight training session or HIIT circuit to boost your metabolism and to make some room for the extra calories you will be having. If you can’t make it to the gym you can do a quick, home workout circuit or go for a power walk or jog first thing in the morning.

Here is a quick home workout for you to try:

Complete 4 rounds of this circuit with no rest between exercises and as little rest as possible between rounds.

1. 30x squat jumps
2. 10-15x push ups
3. 15x burpees
4. 20x Renegade rows
5. 15x Back lunge knee up/leg

5. Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. The more hydrated you are, the fuller you’ll feel and the less food (and calories) you’ll want to, or be able to, consume.

6. Choose your drink wisely

Light-coloured spirits with soda water or a glass of quality organic red wine will be better for you than dark- coloured spirts and sugary alcoholic drinks and cocktails. Again, moderation is key here as well.

There you have it! I hope these tips will help you with some damage limitation over the holidays. 😉 Enjoy your time with family and friends! Merry Christmas!

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