6 Tips to Stay on Track during Christmas
First things first, the team at ONE would like to wish you all a very big happy festive season spent with your friends and family. Before you stress yourself out with your fitness goals with Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, chill out! Keep in mind that the purpose of the holidays is to relax and enjoy your time with your friends and family, so don’t let your fitness goals get in too much of the way of that.
However, if you don’t want to lose months of progress, there are some tips you can follow so that you don’t cause too much damage to your hard-earned work. If you do plan to indulge during Christmas, then you need to be aware of what the consequences may be.
To stay on track, a good rule of thumb is you essentially want to be around the same weight after eating all the Christmas turkey so you can get the ball rolling again once the festive period is over.
Here are some tips to follow:
Tip 1: Avoid the 2 to 4 week binge
There is a difference between taking a diet break and binge eating for 2-4 weeks straight. Eating whatever you please without any thought throughout the whole of December will set you way back by putting on unnecessary amount of body fat.
Tip 2: Relax but stay mindful of how much you’re eating
Like tip 1, enjoy yourself and have delicious food, but keep in mind of portion sizes. If your goal is fat loss then be smart and know when to stop. If you’re full then there isn’t any reason to go back for seconds or thirds just because you think that the festive season gives you a reason to. Make smarter choices!
Tip 3: Stay within your maintenance calorie level
It can be difficult to stay in a caloric deficit during Christmas dinners, so the next option is to try your best to stay within your maintenance calories, meaning eating at an amount where your body stays in an unchanged state.
Tip 4: Create a leeway
Create a leeway by skipping breakfast and lunch. This way you will have room to fit in more calories for the evening when eating with your friends and family. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day, this will help suppress the hunger.
Tip 5: Stay active
Stay active during the festive season, this doesn’t have to be an intense training session. As long as it is something that is going to get you out of bed, for example taking the dog for a long walk. By keeping active you have more room to consume more calories as you will be expending more.
Tip 6: Mini Cut
Before all the company Christmas dinners and Family dinners start to commence, go on a mini cut for 2 weeks to give you more room to consume more calories later on. This way you can finish off the festive season back to where you started without causing too much damage.
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