It’s tempting to overindulge at this time of year – office parties, fatty foods, sugary treats and a few too many martinis, can mean your waist line, skin and workout schedule take a downward turn.
If you are someone that sees the numbers on the scales bump up after each holiday season then perhaps you need to take some preventative action! Here’s how:
Are you notorious for chowing down too many canapés at work functions? Be sure to eat a nourishing snack before you arrive to avoid being hungry and stuffing yourself senseless. Snacks rich in protein and fibre are your best bet as they help to stabilise blood sugar levels and tame hunger. Opt for snacks like a fruit smoothie, wholegrain crackers and hummus, or a handful of nuts 1-2 hours beforehand.
BE A BETTER BOOZER
Yes its fun, but unfortunately alcohol packs a kilojoule punch, not to mention a possible hangover, which often goes hand in hand with fatty finger foods, bar snacks and that greasy egg-and-bacon roll. Choose your drinks mindfully. Opt for light beer, wine and soda, and alternating alcoholic drinks with water. Even better, plan to have a couple of alcohol free nights. Your body will thank you!
If your regular afternoon workouts are being sabotaged by evening events, swap your workouts to the morning. Studies have shown that people who exercise in the morning are more consistent, compared with those who exercise at other times of the day. Another benefit of dragging yourself out of bed is that the energy you create by exercising will sustain you throughout the day and may even improve concentration and mental alertness.
Catching up with friends and family doesn’t have to be over boozy long lunches. Make your social catch up active! At this time of the year the weather is perfect for all sorts of outside activities, be it bush walking, beach swims, kayaking or going out on the harbour. You can also combine your catch-up lunch or dinner with an active fun pursuit to balance out the holiday season eating and drinking!
AVOID THE RESOLUTION TRAP
It’s easy to push all good intentions into the New Year, however come mid January you may find your motivation dwindle. In order to minimise the negative effects of a long holiday season of indulgence, prevention is key! Rather than attempting to diet or lose weight over Christmas, aim to maintain your weight by being selective and making mindful choices. Remember, a few parties won’t make you overweight, it is what you do over the other 360 odd days of the year that makes a difference. This approach will set you up for a fun holiday season without the New Year guilt, not to mention, reduce the likelihood of having to make New Year’s resolutions you know you may not be able to keep.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR SURVIVING THE SILLY SEASON?