According to the British Dietetic Association, on average, people gain weight (between 1lb-5lb) over the Christmas period. You could be tucking away around 6,000 calories (versus the daily guideline amount of 2,000 calories for women and 2,500 calories for men) on Christmas Day alone!
Office parties and catching up with friends means that you don’t just save it until Christmas Day, but actually start the celebrations earlier in December, then come 1st January you could find that your clothes are a little snugger than usual.
No one is saying that you need to be a killjoy over the holidays, and in fact, these issues can pop up all throughout the year. It is important though to bear in mind that you need to burn around 3,500 calories to lose 1lb of fat, then keeping an eye on what you eat and drink could make a difference to your starting point of getting fitter and healthier this year. Eating healthy should always be on your list of priorities and resolutions.
Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight
Follow these FIT Movement tips to ensure that you still enjoy the holiday season.
- Eat a protein snack before going out – if you’re going out for the evening, have a protein snack, such as a palmful of almonds or maybe some lean chicken, before going out. Protein takes longer to digest, so helps satisfy hunger and maintain blood sugar levels, which means that you’re less likely to pick at food while you’re out.
- Alternate your drinks – If you are drinking alcohol, or even calorific fizzy drinks, look to alternate each one with a glass of water. It will help keep you hydrated throughout the evening, and will halve the liquid calories you’d otherwise consume. If you are drinking alcohol, consider switching to low calorie alternatives, such as vodka and orange juice, and make it last.
- Visit the buffet… but only once – If you’re following tips 1 and 2, then you shouldn’t find yourself hovering around the buffet too often. Use a small plate to fill up, then move away from the buffet so that temptation is literally out of arm’s reach.
- Re-focus your attention – With so much about Christmas these days centred on food, it’s easy to forget what it’s really about – friends, family and loved ones. Stay focused on the reason for the season, rather than that plate of cheese and crackers in front of you.
- BOGOF and supermarkets – With an abundance of “Buy One, Get One Free” offers as you go around the supermarket, it’s easy to slip another 1kg tub of sweets into your trolley (BTW: Have you actually read what’s in them?) and stock up for Christmas. The short answer is “don’t”. However, if you are going to Buy One, Get One Free, then arrange to go halves with a friend so that you get a tub each and cut the calories. And if you’re worried about having nothing in over the holidays – don’t fret. It’s better to pop out on Sunday if you need something, rather than overstock “just in case.” If you haven’t got it in your cupboard, you’ll be less inclined to eat it.
- Get some exercise in – Make sure you try and get some exercise in over the holidays. It needn’t be an exercise class, but take the opportunity to go for a walk before your Christmas dinner. Try to keep moving most days to help keep holiday excess in check.
Remember that the holidays are a special time. If you do find that you’ve overdone it during the festive period, don’t stress, but don’t bury your head in the sand either if your health and fitness do need an overhaul. Be kind to yourself, and start taking steps to get back on track as soon as you can.
If you would like to make this the year that you transform your body and, and are looking for a kickstart, we offer a range of wellness classes to suit your specific weight needs. Our fitness classes serve the Shaldon, Exeter, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Topsham area in Devon. We also offer One on One Personal Training.
Simply complete your details on our contact page (including phone number) and we’ll call you back for a chat with more details about our programs. There’s no sales or obligation to buy (we don’t like that either), but we can let you know what’s involved so you can decide if it’s right for you.