Can you really get through Christmas without piling on the pounds? Actually you can. It’s all about moderation and balance. Silly season seems to put all kinds of stress on us that it can be easy to become overwhelmed, give up and tell ourselves we’ll start again in January. My advice is why make it hard on yourself? With a bit of planning and staying consistent you can make it through Christmas without piling on the pounds
Here are my tips below for damage limitation
1. Short high intensity sessions
If you’ve got a busy social calendar and can’t get to your usual training sessions
that doesn’t mean you have to completely stop training. Keep some consistency to your training even if it’s just once or twice a week, do something and keep you body moving.
A 30 min HIT workout will do just as much to burn off those extra calories and maintain some of your fitness
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram where we’ll be posting a series of workouts you can do at home or jump in on one of our morning HIT classes
2. Drink more water
If you are drinking alcohol more frequently increase your water intake. Drink a glass of water in between drinks
Dehydration not only affects your skin it also suppresses the immune system making you more susceptible to illness
Drink plenty water before going to bed to keep you hydrated. All the chemical reactions in your body require water so keep everything functioning as it should
3. Eat more Protein
If you know you are going to be drinking in the evening eat a protein rich meal beforehand. Your body will burn alcohol as it’s primary source of fuel adding carbs to the mix creates an increased glucose spike which results in insulin and more fat storage. If you eat only protein and fat beforehand it will counter this effect
4. Avoid the table of beige
A lot of party food comes in beige, processed carbohydrate form. However even if you are out socialising you can still make better choices
With canapés choices more protein based ones. Eg mini burgers – eat without the bun, skewers, salad, olives…the more colour the better as the beige food is usually processed! Avoid the sausage rolls and bread!
5. Make better choices at meals
Even though you have a lot of meals out you can still make better choices. Again keep the carb content low and go for colour!
Choose a salad or soup as a starter and load up on protein and veg with your main meal
With deserts go for something more creamy and heavier in fat than sugar. We want to minimise fat storage so the best way to do this is avoiding high sugar foods which will spike your insulin levels. Fat has no hormonal response and will keep you feeling fuller. A small portion of heavier creamier deserts are a better option to cakes and pastries which are loaded with sugar. Fruit salad with cream or full fat yogurt is an even better alternative
6. Portion Control
Easiest option here, take a smaller plate! If you are eating from buffet style and serving yourself, be careful about how many times you fill up your plate. It can be easy to lie to yourself about how much you’ve eaten in these scenarios. Eat till you are full not stuffed. If you feel like having second helpings, wait 20 mins. It can take up to 20 mins for the brain to get feedback from the stomach that it is full
7. Avoid Negative Self Talk
If you do have a big night and break all the rules – don’t beat yourself up! Just accept in and move on. Negative self talks and emotions only leads to further stress – stress is often the biggest cause of weight gain
8. Hit the dance floor.
Get some extra exercise in and have fun too! Think about it, the more you dance, the more you’ll stay away from the bar. Not only will you get some exercise in but you’ll remember the night too!
At 12 Rounds we are always looking for ways to keep you exercising and feeling good. To help you get some consistent training in over the Christmas period we’ve got a special offer on personal training. Buy block of 5 sessions for £250
See link below to book
Why wait till January, get a head start on your fitness journey straight away!