Christmas is that special time of the year during which we tend to stress about everything being great, getting perfect gifts and then… enjoy ourselves and gain few extra pounds of unwanted weight. After that, it is time for some ”new years resolutions”.
While there is nothing wrong with having a good time, and enjoying large family meals; gaining excess weight is definitely something we want to avoid.
Here are some of my tips on how to enjoy yourself without sacrificing your fitness or feeling guilty
GET A WORKOUT IN
Especially on the feasting day or evening before it. Not only will it make you feel better about yourself but also will direct more of the fabulous food from the X-mas dinner to fuel your muscles and help with recovery. If your gym is closed on these days don’t worry. You can always try having a calisthenic workout in the park in your area or get a sprinting session.
ENGAGE IN THE KITCHEN
If you’re reading this you are probably a person that has at least a bit of an interest in health field. Find some healthy X-mas recipes and try them out. There is usually a healthier way to prepare a meal without sacrificing the flavour or texture of the food.
One of the most important tips is to let yourself enjoy the time with closest ones. There are only a few times of the year that are special to most of the people. X-mas is one of them, so don’t blame yourself for having an extra piece of cake or your favourite dish. Just don’t eat until you feel disgusted and can barely get off the table.
This one may be really helpful if you’re trying to lose weight during this holidays. Simply skip breakfast, have some water, coffee maybe some tea. And then when it is time to feast just go for it. You have all the calories from the day to eat.
DON’T FEEL BAD THE NEXT DAY
This is very common, I hear about people saying “I got fat in one day” or I’ve lost my gains just because of the Christmas feast’. The truth is you that Christmas food is usually not that unhealthy. It may be higher in sodium and we tend to eat a larger volume of the food. But it is okay. Next day after the feast you probably will be a bit heavier and possibly puffier. Don’t worry though, once you’re back on track you’ll be back to your previous physique/fitness within a few days. So don’t feel bad about having a good time, keep in mind that it didn’t take you one day to get where you are now so it won’t get you one meal to off-set your results.