Walk into any shop or browse any online store and you’ll notice that the pants are getting shorter, the tops are getting smaller and the bikinis are barely there. Reality hits and suddenly, BOOM! Everybody wants to get in shape for the holiday season! But where do you start at this particular time of year? How do you say no to glittering celebrations offering delectable dishes, canapés and sweet treats?
Don’t despair, there are ways to ensure your jeans will still close once the New Year rolls round and we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to assist you in achieving just this!
Here’s to no gain, nor pain this Festive Season!
1. Start off with something light: When going out for dinner or partaking in festivities at work, try having a light and healthy snack before your main meal. This will curb those early evening hunger pangs.
2. Host the festivities: Consider hosting as it will ensure you know what is being served and how many calories each dish contains.
3. Engage with guests: Even if you aren’t hosting, be sure to chat to the attending guests. This keeps you busy and your focus off the appetizing canapés.
4. Don’t offer too many snack stations: The more you’re offered, the more you’ll eat – it’s just human nature…unfortunately. When hosting, have one table with all the snacks and if the budget allows, a few waiters circling the room. Also, try standing far away from the snack station – if you really want something from there you’re going to have to work for it!
5. Use smaller plates: The smaller the dish, the less you’ll eat. Eating off a side plate instead of a dinner plate will guarantee you eat less.
6. Drink Water: Still hungry after a three course meal? You might just be thirsty so have a big glass of water and wait 20minutes; if you still feel hungry, dish up! (Try opting for the vegetables instead of the roast potatoes).
7. Treat yourself: ‘Tis the season to be jolly after all so allow yourself that treat now and again – we’re all human but keep in mind what you’re having and the amount of fats and sugars therein. Moderation is key and often, when we deny ourselves completely, we end up binging – it’s only a matter of time. Control goes both ways
8. Drink responsibly: When enjoying alcoholic beverages, please remember that alcohol contains of a lot of sugar, especially ciders and cocktails, so opt for something like a glass of red wine or if it’s too hot, a white wine spritzer. Also, try and substitute the fizzy drinks. Instead, have a whisky on ice or with a splash of water.
9. Exercise: Doing 30 minutes of exercise a day isn’t too much to ask, right? If you feel you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, break it up in three 10 minute intervals. Try 100 jumping jacks as you get up. It kick-starts your metabolism and boosts your energy levels; the best part – it only takes 5 minutes of your day and you won’t even break out in a sweat but your heart will know it’s working!
10. Follow your routine: Most people fall off the bandwagon as soon as the holiday season arrives; try and keep within your daily routine – for both your sleeping and eating patterns. This will make getting back into it the following year so much easier!
If you have any suggestions or easy and manageable guidelines, please feel free to share!