|Did you know you may consume upwards of 6,000 calories just on Christmas Day?
With this in mind, it’s easy to see how we all tend to gain weight over the holidays.Last week we talked about keeping active over this period to avoid unnecessary fat gains.
The big problem is the amount of temptations that come around this time of year.
From the parties on the lead up, to the upcoming New Year celebrations, it is little wonder that many of us choose weight loss as one of our resolutions.
If you value your health it should be said that this overindulgence can put a strain on your health, with that spare tire shown to increase the risk of numerous health conditions.
I’m not saying you cannot have fun, (I certainly will be!), but follow these tips to avoid gaining weight, or at least maintain what you’ve achieved.
#1: Plan in advance
If you do not wish to gain weight over the Christmas period then you need to plan ahead.
For any upcoming parties, try to find out what is being served. Ask for a menu, and plan the rest of your day accordingly to limit the damage. Simply eat less leading up to the party to keep total calorie intake for the day balanced.
#2: Try to avoid the chocolate
You should buy healthier snacks for your own home, rather than the usual chocolates. Also ask your friends and relatives not to buy you chocolate as a gift!
#3: Fill up on vegetables
It can be easy to overindulge when eating your Christmas dinner so my suggestion to you would be to fill up on vegetables rather than the more unhealthy food choices.
Vegetables are often lower in calories, yet can fill you up. They are also full of nutrients that your body needs.
#4: Grill instead of frying
How you prepare your Christmas dinner can also have an impact on your weight.
For example, frying trimmings like sausages and bacon will add unnecessary calories to them. Try grilling them instead.
#5: Healthy swaps
An easy way to cut calories while still enjoying your Christmas dinner(s) is by simply making a few healthy changes to the food you serve/ order.
For example you could try eating the turkey minus the skin, and have boiled potatoes instead of roasted ones.
#6: Watch those portions
Portion sizes have increased steadily over the years, and this is particularly true around the Christmas and New Year holidays.
If you want to avoid overfilling your plate this simple guide could help you to stick to a healthy portion size:
- Protein (turkey) = Palm sized portion
- High-fat foods = Thumb sized portion
- Vegetables = As many as you like
- Potatoes = One regular potato, or a fist-sized portion is mashed
#7: Drink plenty of water
Sometimes we all believe ourselves to be hungry, when the reality is that we are thirsty instead.
The next time you are feeling hungry perhaps have a glass of water to see if the feeling subsides.
Water is also a better option than soft drinks and alcohol, although admittedly not as fun.
Water contains no calories, so can be consumed without affecting your weight, plus drinking it can help to flush out the toxins from your body, therefore helping to give you clearer skin and various other benefits.
#8: Eat more often
This may seem like a strange tip but to keep your metabolism burning continuously then you need to be eating.
Rather than having 1-2 large meals over Christmas, try eating 4-5 smaller meals but at more regular intervals.
#9: Hit the shops
Did you know the sales have already started? Hit the streets and all the walking around will certainly help to burn off a few of those calories. You could even leave the car at home and catch the bus, which will ensure you burn off even more. Don’t be tempted by offers in supermarkets or clever marketing to lure you in to temptation!
#10: Play with your children
If you have children then make an effort to play with them. Not only will you be spending some quality time with them, but you will also be burning off some of those excess calories.
Even if you have no children, you could still play a game or two with your adult friends and family. You don’t have to spend all day in front of the television.
See- it’s not that hard! You can still have fun, and avoid the bulge!
Be sure to check out my next e-mail in the coming week, for more tips on how to stay healthy over the Christmas and New year period!OVER- INDULGED? You may want to join us for the New Year New You bootcamp!
Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christian Vila and the Brighton Kettlebells Team.