Written by female personal trainer, London based, Justina Triasovaite.
In this article, I’m going to give you 7 simple tips on how to avoid putting on the pounds this festive season.
When the Christmas table is full of rich, creamy, greasy, tasty and sweet things, it’s very hard to resist and keep watching your waist line.
All we want to do is stuff our faces, be lazy and enjoy our holidays. But hold on, you have been working so hard to fit in that tight dress or fitted shirt, you don’t want to ruin everything just because it’s the holidays. Use my tips and you can avoid getting fat, but still enjoy Christmas time with your family and friends.
1) KEEP YOUR BODY WELL HYDRATED
Although it’s the holidays, it’s doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water. Have glass of water before every meal – it’s going to fill your stomach, which will stop you eating so much food. Keeping your body hydrated will also help with hangovers. Have at least two pints of water before going to sleep.
2) KEEP AN EYE ON SUGAR INTAKE
Limit your sugar intake by having one desert a day.
3) HAVE A BIG BREAKFAST WITH A LOT OF PROTEIN
Start your day with a big protein breakfast with some greens, such as a vegetable ham omelette or scrambled eggs. Protein is going to keep you full for much longer than carbohydrates and it will also keep you away from snacking until your next big meal.
4) STAY ACTIVE
Most people spend their holiday period hosting visitors and going to their family and friends. Rather than sitting for long periods with the temptation to snack, invite your close people to go for a long walk around your local area, such as a nearby park. Offer to perform a few exercise drills to help you and your guests to stay warm – make it fun 🙂 Laughing burns calories too! 🙂
5) CHRISTMAS DOESN’T LAST TWO WEEKS
It’s very easy to get into the holiday mood for two weeks. But you shouldn’t stop exercising between Christmas and New Year. You can easily fit in 2-3 workouts. And even if you are far away from your gym, you can complete a home workout. Here is a little example:
* 20 squats
* 20 lunges
* 10 press-ups
* 10 dips
* 10 burpees
* 50 jumping jacks
Repeat it 4 times.
6) GET TO KNOW YOUR ALCOHOL
There is no need to say how bad alcohol is for you. But if you are still going to drink, it you should know a few facts. Vodka and gin has least calories. Red wine is good for people, who are having problems with sugar – diabetics. A pint of beer contains 182 calories, a glass of white wine is 115 calories and 35cl of whiskey is 78 calories.
In general, eating more protein than carbs will keep you full longer and less hungry. You will be full quicker, meaning there will be less space for fat and carbs. Fill your plate with a different variety of meat and fish, instead of pastries and potatoes… Enjoy 🙂
I hope you found these tip useful and going to share it with your friends and family. Keep fit and healthy.
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