It’s the same worry every year. The Christmas bulge. So every year I get asked the same thing, “How do I stop myself from putting on weight over Christmas?” and I always say the same thing.
It really is only 3 days that you have the excuse of eating a lot and often. The rest really IS in your control. There are plenty of excuses flying around, but really, they don’t count. If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it!
I wrote guidelines for this very problem that you should read:
The food has been eaten, the presents unwrapped and used, and it’s time to reel in the festive feasting!
Most people like to start on the 1st of January, but that’s a Saturday this year, so will you really start on a weekend? Or on Monday? How about you start making changes today so you can indulge on New Year’s Eve?
Eat a little cleaner tomorrow, go for a walk along the promenade, go to gym, feel fresh and healthy and go into the new year feeling GREAT!
Small changes force big results
How do I stay in shape over the festive period?
A: The festive period is the hardest in terms of staying in a routine and not putting on weight. It causes stress in many people’s lives. But it doesn’t have to! This is a time to spend with your family and to relax a bit after working so hard over the year.
We all know what we should be doing and how we should be eating, so its just a case of remembering this and putting it into practice.
Even though your family might be visiting, you can still make time to exercise while they are there. Get them involved too. Take them for a run/walk around the block. That way you are still spending time together but also getting in some exercise. Aim to get in 30-60 minutes of some kind of exercise a day.
Train at home if you can’t get to the gym. A simple circuit goes a long way, especially when you are indulging a bit too much. Make up a circuit of squats, push ups, lunges, dips, sit ups, jump squats and mountain climbers, and time yourself for 30 seconds of each. Repeat the circuit 3-5 times depending on your fitness levels.
Most people don’t put on weight from eating this time of year, but from all the drinking! Limit your alcohol to a reasonable amount.
Make sure you are still eating smaller portions, a few times a day. We all know what we should be eating, so try not be too careless in that department. YOU have to work it off after all of this.
Eat, drink and be merry…. But to an extent. Remember all the hard work you have put into your body this year, don’t undo it all in a week!
Enjoy this special time with your loved ones