1. Be realistic
This probably isn’t the best time of year to try to embark on a great weight loss plan. Lose a couple of pounds for that little black dress – sure! But don’t have unrealistic expectations of yourself. You’ll only make yourself feel worse.
2. Maintain your routine
So this is a biggy. Do not let your routine slip! You’ll only regret it and it’ll lead you down a very slipperry slope. If you want to take a week out of your routine or reduce the amount of times you train, do that. But do not give it up altogether.
3. Sign up for a fitness event in early 2017
Sign up for something in the New Year that will force you to stay fit and healthy. Like our UK Body:Fit Weekend or Marbella Body:Fit Long Weekend! Knowing you have that to work towards will be at the back of your mind every time you feel like saying yes to that sixth mini sausage roll!
4. Cut calories where you can
Make good choices when it comes to drinks. Sadly, mulled wine has a massive 253 calories per small glass. A dry white wine has just 83. If you love mulled wine like me, maybe just swap half of them for a lower calorie choice?! It’ll all add up in the end.
5. Get enough sleep
Never underestimate the importance of sleep. It’s crucial to your body to rest and rejuvenate. Why? Because growing research has linked a lack of sleep to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
6. Get your vits
Festive food seriously lacks nutrients and we often eat less fruit and veg at this time. The immune system dips and hey presto you have a cold! So keep eating as much of the good stuff as you can and take a multi vitamin.
7. Portion control
Have you noticed in the lead up to Christmas that your potion control goes out the window? You pile your plate high. You convince yourself that just one more won’t hurt. It does. Be sensible – there really is no need to let it get out of control.
8. Eat slowly
Don’t scoff your food when you’re out with friends this Christmas. Eat slowly. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send out signals of fullness. Leisurely eating allows ample time to trigger the signal from your brain that you are full. And feeling full translates into eating less. Simple!
9. Don’t let a couple of bad days ruin your whole week
Feeling gross from a few days of over-indulgence? We all do it. But it’s how you recover that counts. Know that if you keep feeling negative thoughts, you’re more inclined to reach for the cookies. So be gentle. Pick yourself up and go do something that feels good for your body, mind and soul.
Stay hydrated. Water is an antioxidant and protects our bodies from free radicals. Most of us don’t get enough and so we confuse thirst for hunger. So we eat more. And even 2% dehydration can impair performance when you exercise – meaning you won’t reap the benefits of your efforts. Aim for 2l a day and drink a glass before you eat.