How to have a guilt-free Christmas

Christmas is coming – hoorah! Time for switching off, lounging around in your onesie and watching repeats of Only Fools and Horses all day long.

It’s also the time when we tend to crack open the family tins of Quality Street and Roses, pass around the mince pies and tuck into turkey and all of its trimmings (not to mention the turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day!)

Christmas is a time for indulging, which can make you feel great at the time, but we all know it’s not particularly great for your waistline. And then, before you know it, it’s January 1, and you’re left wishing you hadn’t put on the extra pounds that you’d worked so hard to lose before Christmas!

You see, because Christmas is a time for relaxing and unwinding for most, many of us tend to put our usual routines on hold during the festive break, exercise included. Here’s some advice on how you can have a guilt-free Christmas this year and still enjoy yourself!

DO: Stick to your exercise as much as you possibly can

Even if it means going for a brisk walk or walking the dog, it’s important you burn off the calories that you’re consuming!

DON’T: Skip breakfast

You may be getting to lie-in, but that doesn’t mean you should skip what is the most important meal of the day. In fact, it’s proven that people who eat breakfast consume fewer calories.

DO: LOG YOUR FOOD

Keeping a food diary is a really effective way of monitoring your calorie intake. You’re also less inclined to say ‘I’ll just have another one’ if you’re logging what you’re eating too!

DON’T: FILL YOUR PLATE UP

I know it’s tempting to do this, as there’s always so much wonderful food being passed around at Christmas and so many things to snack on too. Don’t fall into the trap of piling up your plate, no matter how delicious those pigs in blankets or Christmas pud might look. Your waistline won’t thank you for it come the New Year…

DO: STAY FOCUSED

In reality, Christmas only lasts for a matter of days and it is possible to stay focused on your health and fitness goals during this period, you just need to have some self-discipline. Remember how well you’ve done over the year and how disappointed you’ll feel if, post-Christmas, you find you’re back to where you started. It sounds tough, I know, but staying focused is totally worth it.

It’s possible to enjoy and treat yourself this Christmas. Being mindful of your waistline doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself, it just simply means being firmer with yourself and not using the festivities as an excuse to neglect your health and fitness.

Need help and advice with meeting your health and fitness goals? Contact Nicki today on nicolacarless@aol.com