Christmas can be a joyful time with friends, family and food. If you are trying to get in shape then the later can often be a real problem over the festive season. Here are our 6 tips to keep you fit over the festive season.
1. Eat your protein first
The first and most important thing to do over this festive season is to eat your protein and more importantly, eat your protein first. Proteins are the building blocks of life and whilst they help to repair and maintain muscle, they also suppress hunger. Eat your protein first and you will be tempted less by the other calorie dense and nutrient sparse Christmas treats.
2. Fill up on veggies
The best thing about a Christmas dinner, after all the turkey and Ham of course, is all the vegetables. Fill your plate with all the vegetables you can. Remember, nobody ever got fat eating their veggies.
3. Mentally prepare
If your goal is to stay in shape or even lose weight over the festive season then you are in for a rough ride. There is nothing saying you can't do it, but if that is your aim, you need to be mentally ready. Ready to say no, ready to choose the best option, ready to give up what you really might want to have. Trust me, it will be worth it. Everybody will be very jealous of you when the New Year rolls in and they feel out of shape.
4. Christmas Day is once a year
It's only a day. 24 hours. That's it. I can't remember how many times I have already called people out for having a mince pie in November. It even says it in the title, Christmas DAY. Eat what you like for that day and I can guarantee it will have no effect on your goals. That's if you have been good for all the other days in December.
5. Focus on family and friends, not food
Christmas has lost its true meaning with chocolate calendars, hundreds or presents and mountains of food. Remember what we are actually celebrating and enjoy the moments with family and friends. It is not all about food. Give people flowers and gifts not treats, chocolates and type 2 diabetes! They'll thanks you for it in the long run.
6. Maintain your exercise regime
The 6th but simplest thing you can do. Keep up training 3 times a week. If you have some time off over the festive season, crank it up a gear and try to get another session in. We'll be here over the festive season for training sessions so get in touch if you want to double up or need to change your training days/times.
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Gareth Allen - Personal Trainer and Owner.