Avoiding the holiday weight gain this Christmas is easier than you think. Don’t get us wrong we know December is the season for feasting and indulging, but there are logical strategies to stay on track and avoid that extra weight gain this year.
Have a read of our tips below:
It goes without saying that protein can help you maintain a healthy weight. Make sure and eat turkey, chicken or some vegan alternatives like quinoa, lentils or beans with every meal. December can be a hectic month, so if you are going to be skipping meals, make a Specially For You smoothie or shake to have as a substitute for one of your skipped meals.
It may seem obvious but it is so important to get outdoors and get moving. Going for a 30 minute walk everyday will eliminate the risk of bacteria building up in your body. Staying active will also allow you to burn those extra calories that will be consumed.
Plan your days before leaving the house. If you know you are going to have a hectic day and may have to skip lunch. Bring a packed salad or a Specially For You sachet to have on the go. Nuts and berries are also great snacks to have to kill those afternoon sweet cravings.
Remember everything that you buy, you will eat!! If it’s in the house it will be consumed at some stage in December, so don’t stock up and buy unnecessary food items for the person that “may” call over such as biscuits or boxes of sweets. Stocking up is a recipe for disaster, so don’t do it!
Beware of the booze
Beware of the amount of drink that you consume. Alcohol has a lot of unnecessary calories in it, which not only causes us to put on weight but also causes us to eat irresponsibly.
We can’t emphasise this one enough. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day will prevent you from becoming thirsty throughout the day. It will also allow you to drink less alcohol at your Christmas evening events.
Sleep is the number one strategy that will help you maintain your physique this holiday season. Lack of sleep can cause stress and a sense of tiredness later on in the day, making you crave sugary sweets and drinks. So make sure you are getting a solid 8 hours in each night.