If you are worried about the amount of damage that you are going to do to your weight/liver/figure/fitness levels over Christmas then read on and with just a little bit of effort you should be able to come out the same weight that you went in. It’s important to have a good time over the festive period but with just a little bit of restraint you can have your cake and eat it.
The average person in the U.K. puts on 5 pounds over Christmas and the New Year, as well as consuming a whopping 7000 calories on Christmas day itself. That’s nearly 3 times that the average man needs a day, and a higher multiple for women. So what’s to be done?
Have breakfast. You might be tempted to think that skipping the first meal of the day will give you some room for manoeuvre at the big event, but this is the worst thing you can do. Skipping breakfast will not only make your body think that it needs to store fat for the coming famine, but you will arrive at dinner starving and unable to resist the binge. Try to have a low GI carbohydrate (porridge is best) with some protein (milk). Another good option is an egg with some wholemeal toast. This will fill you up and mean that you eat a lot less later on.
Have a mid morning snack. No, not 10 mini sausage rolls and a Guinness, but some fruit or festive nuts and seeds. Not only will this small snack give you a metabolic burst as your body converts the food into blood sugar but it will give you even blood sugar levels and a full feeling so that you eat only what you need for lunch and dinner.
Watch the trimmings. The actual core of a Christmas dinner is healthy – lean protein (turkey is one of the leanest meats) and vegetables with gravy are fairly healthy. It’s the trimmings to watch. All the saturated fats are in the stuffing, roasted potatoes, butter sauces, sausages and other dainties. So have lots of meat and greens, go easy on the other yummy things.
Sort your surroundings. If there is a huge pot of Quality Street knocking about you will switch off mentally and shovel lots down you. Just buy small packets of chocolate, and only have small bowls of treats around the house. Use fruit and nuts to fill festive bowls instead.
Booze: the real calorie loader. There is the same amount of energy in a large glass of wine as in a Kit-Kat. 6 Kit-Kats will make you fat, so will 6 glasses of wine. Now if you need to get lathered to tolerate the in-laws that’s fine, but try to alternate each drink with a mineral water or diluted juice. Try to also have clear spirits with a low calorie mixer, like gin and slimline tonic or vodka and soda with a slice of lime.
Be active and give active presents. If a member of your family has been given a football, go out and use it. Go for a fresh walk after dinner – you will feel better physically and mentally. Give someone a gym membership or even better some sessions with a personal trainer. You don’t have to give lots, just enough to get them into exercise and show them how fun it can be.
Good luck, if you have a resolution to get fit and slim in the new year call or email us; we’ll hold you to it!