It's common for average Australians to gain an extra two kilos over the christmas season. As a result of the extra consumed calories found in salty snacks, lollies, a few glasses of wine, nibbles at your staff christmas party or a slice of pavlova. An extra 500 calories per day can lead you to gaining around half a kilo per week.
Now I'm not the fun police and I'll be having my fair share of fun over the holidays although I'm looking forward to having copious amounts of time to train hard and eat really well. Christmas does not mean you let yourself spiral out of control. A few extra calories here and there won't hurt you it's whether you can allow yourself to indulge and then get back on the saddle again so to speak rather than let the sugary treats, salty foods, snacks and afternoon siestas become your new way of life after a year of hard work to change your habits from last christmas.
My tips to keep it relatively healthy this festive season;
1. Still eat small regular meals leading up to christmas lunch or your christmas party dinner. That way you are not starving by the time the meal comes around and end up eating everything in sight leading to overeating and craving more carbs.
2. Stay hydrated if you are drinking more than you usually do. Giving your body a chance to recover better and remove toxins quicker. When you are dehydrated your body can let off hunger signals making you eat more.
3. Be aware of sugary mixes in your drinks. This can add to your calorie consumption.
4. Stay active. Most important thing to do is to keep up with your exercise routine. Its very easy to fall of the band wagon here. Remember how hard it was to start training in the first place? Get up christmas morning and go for a walk or better still do a workout christmas day or boxing day and put those extra calories to good use.
5. Have a healthy and clean week leading up to christmas day or an office celebration.
6. Set yourself health and fitness goal over the holidays to keep you on track.