Holiday season is a time for celebrating, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on weight loss journey during your well-earned break.
If you do just 5 things, you can enjoy the festive period and the food that comes with it while staying slim.
It’s all about making a plan in advance if you want to stay lean.
So what do you need to do?
The first thing you need to do is sit down with your diary and take a look at how you plan to spend the festive season.
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1. Choose wisely
By all means, spend as much possible time with friends and loved ones.
However, you don’t necessarily have to indulge at every event.
Just pick out a ‘few events’ where you intend to let your hair down – and at other times be prepared to make more balanced choices.
For example, if you know you will be having dinner with family – and so will therefore want to eat as much as possible – but then you will have a healthy breakfast and get training out of the way in the morning.
2. Embrace portion control
You need to embrace portion control, and think about when you’re full and if you really need a second helping or are feeling greedy.
This doesn’t mean you have to leave the table hungry or feel as though you are ‘munching on salad’ when everyone else is eating roast chicken, what this does mean is saying no to the next course if you’re full and leaving some food on your plate if you’re done.
It’s worthwhile filling your plate with as many colourful fruit and vegetables as possible, while keeping a quarter of your plate for protein and a quarter for good quality carbs.
3. Share a dessert
Dessert is always tempting at Christmas. But you don’t necessarily have to have a whole one.
Why not go halves with your friend, family member or partner and save on calories?
Sharing a dessert with a friend or loved one isn’t only a great way to halve the calories, but it also helps you to enjoy the joy with someone else.
4. Train first thing in the morning
With busy social schedules, it’s easy for training to fall by the side at this time of year.
That’s why the best thing to do is get in your training session in the morning, as this means whatever happens in the evening, at least you have squashed one in.
Also, the morning is the time you are most likely to get your workout in without distractions and it still allows for you to be social the rest of the day.
Even if it’s just a 15 or 20 minute blast, a few minutes to get your heart racing is better than no workout.
5. Stay active
Lastly, try light activity – whether incidental or planned – it will always help your body.
Staying active each day isn’t only great for our bodies, but it also helps our mindset tenfold.
Get off the bus a stop early before work and walk the short distance to your office, or get outside during a break and walk around the block.
Even light activity and a little bit of walking will help to keep you in shape.
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