Lets face it, at this time of year we all do it! It is after all the season to be merry, rich food, mulled wine…well it would be rude not to, and would someone please take away the tin of sweets. Yes I’m talking about over indulging in all things delicious.
If like me you to struggle with the word ‘stop’ that repeatedly screams inside my head during the festive season, here are a few tips to help you with the polite saying of ‘no thank you’ to that extra mince pie. So here I’ve put together my top tips for avoiding excessive eating and drinking at Christmas.
There is nothing wrong with trying a little bit of everything, but don’t return for seconds! That doesn’t mean finding the biggest plate either…a small plate is a more sensible option, tricking the mind into thinking you have a larger portion than you do. It’s worth a try!
DON’T SNACK MINDLESSLY
As hard as it may be, try to stick to your three meals a day and avoid too much mindless snacking in between meals.
Rather than munching my way through the bowls of crisps and dipping into the chocolates sat in pretty bowls, which seems to be available in every room of my mothers house over the festive period, I try to save myself instead for her mouth-watering homemade deserts.
DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
That’s water, not the alcoholic kind! Stay hydrated as it’s a known fact that the brain can sometimes misinterpret feelings of dehydration as hunger. Drinking plenty of water will make you feel fuller for longer. Aim for about two litres of non-alcoholic fluid a day.
CONTROL THE CALORIES…IN YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE
This one is always overlooked and often leads you to the food! Whilst its lovely to socialize and enjoy a few drinks with family and friends, don’t forget that alcohol is also calorific and we often find ourselves drinking more over the festive period, so it’s easy to pile on a few extra pounds here. But have you also thought about this…the more you drink, the less inhibited you feel about helping yourself to that second plate of food from the buffet?
DON’T LET FOOD GET IN THE WAY
There is no need to deprive yourself, it’s perfectly possible to indulge yourself and enjoy your food and drink over Christmas, just don’t be tempted to throw caution to the wind, eat everything in sight and worry about the results come the New Year.
OFFSET THE FOOD WITH SOME EXERCISE
One mince pie = approx. 200 calories
Burn it off with a brisk one hour walk
Glass of bucks Fizz = approx 100 calories
Burn it off with a living room workout – 10 minutes running on the spot or skipping
Six Quality Street Chocolates = approx 260 calories
Burn it off with half an hours dancing or a high energy exercise class
Christmas Dinner and all the trimmings = approx. 1,500 calories
Burn it off with 2 1hr high energy exercise classes or a 2 hour run
Christmas Pudding with brandy custard = 900 calories
Burn it off with a one hour fast swim