This is a wonderful time of year with an array of family get togethers, evenings with friends and food, so much food. Does this mean your health will suffer?
December is a strange month for fitness professionals as our clients are often busy and it becomes challenging prioritising training over social events, which is completely understandable. However, researchers say that the weight we gain throughout the year starts at the end of the previous festive time. On average, this is a 2lb weight gain.
In fact, studies show that the average person will consume between 5,000 - 6,000 calories on Christmas Day alone. This is at least 3 times an average persons daily allowance.
Here are a few tips I give to my clients to both enjoy Christmas, but also be clever with consumption.
1. Monitor and manage higher and lower calorie days. This means on 25th December, you will more than likely eat in excess, so in the days around, try and reduce your overall intake. Remember, 1 or 2 bad days aren’t a huge deal if you are more conscious over the surrounding days.
2. Keep calories lower at the start of the day. Usually we eat in excess after 12:00, so by keeping your calories lower in the morning, your daily consumption will be less whilst still being able to enjoy yourself.
3. Move around! It’s a simple, but effective one. Go for walks, try and get up off the sofa, anything to keep your steps up during what is usually a sedentary time.
But the most important thing is to remember to enjoy yourself and understand that you will probably gain some weight. By accepting this and having a plan to work off this weight is key.
As always, keep sending me questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org as I’ll be happy to help. Healthy Ho Ho Ho regards,