Most Australian’s will admit to going up a belt notch over the Xmas break. November and December are filled with festivities…your Christmas Party, your partners Christmas Party, the streets Christmas Party…
You are become surrounded by mass amounts of food and alcohol and you want to be festive and social. Well, I am here to tell you that you can still be festive and social without the associated weight gain.
Summer is a time where you want to be in swimmers, at the beach, fitting into nice summer clothes. Not hiding in or wearing something that barely fits because you’ve overindulged.
Try the tips below to help you avoid gaining weight over the holiday season.
Avoid Going To A Party Hungry
If you have something at home that is nice and healthy and fills you up then you are less like to 1. snack on foods at the party and 2. go for seconds at dinner time. Eating a source of protein will help keep you fuller for longer!
Keep An Eye On Your Portion Sizes
It is easy to go way over board during the festive season. But why? Just because there is food in front of you doesn’t mean you have to demolish it! There are going to be plenty of occasions over this period and you have to practise some self-control and this starts with your portion sizes. Try filling half your plate with veggies or salad (and I don’t mean potato bake and pasta salad). Opt for the lean meats like white fish and turkey (skin removed).
Make Your Own Snacks To Bring To The Party
It might not be for everyone but you are doing your part by offering the healthy option at the party. Here’s some ideas: Veggie sticks, wholegrain rice crackers, , Sushi, sandwiches, quiches, fruit salad with yoghurt, hummus, beetroot, tzatziki, or avocado dip. There are so many healthy options so avoid the cheese, crackers, chips and deep fried foods.
As For Alcohol
Obviously the best choice when on a weight loss journey is abstinence. But there are a few things we can do to help consume less alcohol and therefore less calories.
1. Have one glass of water between alcoholic drinks.
2. Fill your cup with ice.
3. Add fruit.
4. Opt for wine (organic/low alcohol) or beer (low carb/low alcohol).
5. Avoid Spirits and Cider (these are higher in alcohol and therefore higher in calories).
6. Don’t ‘top up’ your drinks. Keep count by finishing them off.
Go outside with the kids! Throw the footy, play frisbee, go to the beach, shoot some hoops. Wake up half an hour early and start your day with a walk. Do some hill sprints. Play tennis. See whats on in your local area. It doesn’t have to be hard. Try and get your sweat on for 20-30mins per day.