With the average Christmas weight gain being up to 12lb, the festive season can test even the most disciplined of dieters and the most ardent exercise enthusiasts!
So much food temptation coupled with a lack of exercise can spell trouble at this time of year so here's the top 10 tips for avoiding the pitfalls this Christmas.
1) Daily Detox
Start the day as you mean to go on with a morning glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon in it. This revitalizing drink will kick start your metabolism, aid digestion and reduce bloating.
2) Snack Before Heading Out
Avoid the bread basket and the calorific canapes by snacking on fruit, salad or nuts before you go out.
3) Find 'me-time'
Find some time for yourself each day to truly relax your body and mind. Whether it's taking a soothing bath or reading , do something just for you!
4) Stay Hydrated and Drink Before Each Meal
People very often mistake thirst for hunger so when those first hunger pangs hit, have a glass of water first and then see if you still feel like a snack.
5) Plan Easy-Peasy
Finding time to fit everything in is difficult at the best of times, let alone at christmas! Make life easier by planning 15-20 min workout sessions that you can easily fit in around your other plans. Why not involve everyone and go for a walk, sledging or ice skating. If you keep up with little workouts over christmas, those New Years Resolutions won't seem quite so daunting.
6) Start Your Day with a Protein Rich Breakfast
A high protein breakfast will set you up well for the day by helping you stay full for longer.
7) Reach For the Turkey
Load your plate up with turkey and vegetables and eat these first. By the time you get around to the potatoes and pudding you will have filled up first on lower calorie foods.
8) Choose 'fitter' Drinks
Did you know that depressingly a standard glass of wine can have as many calories as a slice of cake. Choose 'light' wines or lower calorie options like gin or vodka with a diet mixer so keep things on track.
9) Supplement your Diet
Between christmas parties, shopping, and the general overindulgence that accompanies the festive season; taking a multivitamin, probiotic or supplement can really help aid digestion and stave off winter colds.
10) Act 10 before 10
Make it your (early) New Year's Resolution to do 10 minutes of activity before 10am. Whether it's walking, a few yoga pose, stretches, press ups or squats; you'll feel the benefit all day long.
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