Ah, Chrismas! The time for chocolate, wine, pastries and all sorts of other unhealthy food. While I don’t believe in dieting over the Christmas period, I do think it’s a bit silly to completely throw away all your hard work when you’ve already been dieting for months. So, here’s some little things I like to do to ensure I don’t go too crazy with the chocolate.
Schedule all your workouts
I like to make sure I schedule all my workouts into my day the same way I would an event or meeting. If you find it hard to stick to your schedule over the holidays, try making workout dates with your friends. Hold each other accountable and try a new fun type of exercise.
Don’t go hungry
One of the worst things you can do when on a diet is allowing yourself to go hungry. Sometimes we can think if we don’t eat all day then we have more calories to consume for our evening meal. Bad idea! Not only is this going to slow your metabolism right down but you’ll also be far more likely to binge when you do eventually eat. Try having lots of small meals bulked up with vegetables, to stop yourself from bingeing out of hunger.
Be aware of liquid calories
Hot chocolate, Starbucks and alcohol are all major players when it comes to liquid calories. While, I think hot chocolates and a glass of wine (or two) are must haves at Christmas time, try and be aware of how much you’re actually consuming. If you’re thirsty, reach for water instead, have a white wine spritzer instead of a full glass on wine or opt for a lower calorie drink option, like a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks (90 calories) or a single vodka with soda water and lime.
If you’ve been dieting for months and you’re giving yourself Christmas off to eat all those foods you’ve been going crazy for, it’s going to be easy to load up your plate and try getting as much of that beloved food in your belly as possible. Try not to overfill your plate with the unhealthy stuff and bulk the meal out with veggies.
Write it down
While I’m not a believer of counting calories, I do think it’s a good idea to note down everything you’re eating over the Christmas period. I think it’s a great way to see exactly how much you’re eating and ensure you’re getting all the necessary fruits and veggies and not just chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.
What are some of the things you like to do to ensure you stay on track over the holidays?
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