So the Christmas songs have made it to the radio, mulled wine is seemingly on tap and mince pies are at the ready! Yes that’s right, it’s December one week before the big man arrives so that only means one thing the countdown to Christmas has begun.
It is definitely the time where everyone starts to over indulge! Every trip to the shops you are faced with over whelming temptation of offer after offer on everything you shouldn’t be eating and drinking. However, you don’t have to succumb to every temptation and here are a few tips to help keep that Christmas podge at bay.
*Don’t Shop Hungry*
We have all done it: Been shopping on an empty stomach and all you want to do it buy the most palatable foods. Crisps, breads, chocolates and all the other “good” stuff will somehow make it into your basket, your kitchen cupboard and then inevitably your stomach. Have a meal high in fats and proteins before you enter the shops to suppress those dreaded hunger pains.
*Plenty of Veg*
With your meals trying consuming high quantities of veg. This way the volume of your food intake will be high but with less calories. Filling your stomach will nutritious, voluminous food will also make you less inclined to eat the whole Christmas pudding rather than just a slice.
*Earn your food*
It is Christmas, and we are all human. I know I will be having a fair few mince pies and the occasional ferrero rocher, but I will make sure I have earnt them. You will most likely be over consuming calories, but make sure you match your increased energy intake with a higher energy output. Get yourself in the gym, train your arse off and work for that food. Try increase your training intensity, less rest between sets, higher working volume and a couple of extra cardio sessions a week will prevent you causing too much damage with all the excess food.
*Everything in moderation*
I don’t have to tell you that sitting and eating a whole tub of celebrations isn’t going to do any favours for your physique goals. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid every bit of “bad” food as you don’t want to be the one at every Christmas party eating chicken and rice out of a Tupperware box. Enjoy your food and eat what you like, but just be smart. Make the right food choices 80% of the time and have that 20% for the foods you love. At the end of the day you are the one in control and you will only have yourself to blame if everything goes pear shaped. Take responsibility for your actions and don’t undo all the hard work you have put in the rest of the year.
Have a great Christmas week but let’s not get lazy, get to the gym and earn your christmas !