7 ways to avoid the Xmas Bulge!

December has arrived and suddenly everywhere we turn there are temptations urging us to give up on our healthy diet that we have worked so hard towards all year!

Work colleagues/customers bring in the tins ofQuality Streetor Celebrations into the office to help everyone get in the spirit.

Every other advert on TV seems to be Stacey Solomon telling mums to go to Iceland for their special offers on party foods or competitive supermarkets trying to out-do each other on their alcohol offers.

When we go shopping for gifts, we are constantly surrounded by fast food shops trying to sell us their new Christmas menu. You know what I mean you have all seen the posters advertising festive bake pasties and eggnog lattes (all packed full of crap).

There’s the work Christmas party where everyone fills their boots with the free buffet and alcohol.

Not to mention that this is one of the busiest times of the year and a lot of people forget or don’t have the time to exercise.

So, all of this over indulgence and no activity is a recipe for disaster. No wonder January is one of the busiest times of the year in the fitness industry!

That is why I have put together this article to help you avoid the Xmas bulge. I’m not going to tell you not to indulge over Christmas and New Year, but how you can enjoy yourself without the guilt and having to worry about getting caught up in the January fitness rush! You don’t have to deprive yourself or lose your Christmas spirit, just be sensible and take the healthier option.

 

1. Stay Hydrated.

Aim to drink 3 litres of water per day. There are endless benefits.

You need to be hydrated for optimum fat loss. If you are dehydrated you will not lose body fat.

It will make you feel fuller for longer, helping you stay away from those tempting fatty snacks.

It will help you avoid fatigue, and lets face it you will need all the energy you can get to hit the shops over Christmas!

 

2. Eat a healthy breakfast.

Ditch the high sugar breakfast cereals and replace with plain porridge made with water (not milk).

Add a handful of nuts and fresh berries to make it more satisfying. Not only will it taste better but it will give you loads of healthy nutrients to fuel your body and brain! It will keep you away from the vending machine at work as it will keep you fuller for longer with a slower energy release throughout the morning.

You could also add a dash of cinnamon spice to really get the festive feeling! Its sweet and warm taste makes it the perfect spice to use during the winter months. Plus it has lots of healthy benefits including helping with blood sugar control, boosting brain health, protect against heart disease and improving colon health!

 

3. Reduce the amount of caffeine!

To some people cutting out coffee or fizzy drinks can seem impossible, but not when there is an alternative…

Try this really tasty Spiced Winter Red Tea by Tea Pigs. It is caffeine free and packed with good spices. I really recommend this tea, if you drink this you will not even think about normal tea or coffee! You will get lost in the warm Christmas feeling.

Here is teapigs description:

We’ve aimed to capture the best bits of winter. Mulled wine and mistletoe. Winter coats and rosy cheeks. Log fires, happy cats and old movies on the telly.  Tea and warming spices. A blend of orange, cloves and cinnamon on a red tea base, perfect on a crisp, frosty morning, or with brandy at bedtime (the rooibos tea base is naturally caffeine free).  

You can get it here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spiced-Winter-Red-Teapigs-Temples/dp/B0037B6P12/ref=as_li_wdgt_js_ex?&linkCode=wey&tag=activlifestra-21

 

4. Replace fatty Christmas snacks with a healthier option.

Try these healthy festive snacks and avoid the biscuits, chocolates and party food!

Cranberry Nut Snack

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds, raw
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, raw
  • 1 cup cranberries, dried and sweetened
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  2. Transfer some to a festive bowl to serve as an appetizer. Makes 6 cups.

 

 HolidayCucumber Cups.

 These peeled cucumber cups, with their holiday color scheme, look really festive, plus they’re easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium cucumbers
  • 1 (8-ounce) container red pepper hummus
  • 1(8-ounce) container lemon hummus
  • Chopped chives for garnish

1.  Create decorative stripes on the sides of the cucumbers using a vegetable peeler (for wide stripes) or a citrus zester (for thin stripes).

2. Cut the cucumbers crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick rounds. Using a teaspoon or melon baller, scoop out the seeds to form a well, about 1/3 inch deep, in each slice.

3. Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of the red pepper hummus into the wells of half of the cucumber cups, mounding it slightly. (For a fancier look, use a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe in the filling.) Repeat the process with the lemon hummus and the remaining cups.

4. Sprinkle all with chopped chives. Serves 20 (makes about 64 cups).

Holly Jolly Dip.

 The feta gives it a salty zip that goes especially well with veggies, including broccoli, carrots, and fresh green beans.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole roasted red pepper (from a jar)
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

 Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, then repeat until combined, about 1 minute. Makes 3/4 cup.

 

5. Eat your greens!

 Increase the amount of green vegetables in your diet. Aim to have 60-70% of your meal as green veg.

 They are low in calories, but full of healthy nutrients that will, keep you fuller for longer and boost your energy (ideal for this busy time of year).

 Plus you can make lots of festive dishes with these great vegetables!

 

6. Supplements

 If you don’t already, start thinking about taking these supplements. Especially over the winter months when your immune system could do with a little boost.

 Multivitamin – they will provide you with essential nutrients that sometimes you do not get enough of in your diet and boost your energy and immune systems.

 I recommend this one:

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reflex-Nexgen-Multi-Vitamin-Mineral/dp/B002Q14HXM/ref=as_li_wdgt_js_ex?&linkCode=wey&tag=activlifestra-21

 This is the most advanced and comprehensively formulated multi vitamin, mineral and anti oxidant supplement available. Reflex Nexgen has been formulated to incorporate the most advanced, natural and universally acclaimed ingredients.

 Fish oil – Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce serum levels of cholesterol. It’s also been found that Omega 3’s can both enhance fat burning and actually decrease fat storage.

This is the one I use and highly recommend:

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reflex-Nutrition-Omega-1000mg-Caps/dp/B000T92I3O/ref=as_li_wdgt_js_ex?&linkCode=wey&tag=activlifestra-21

 

7. Find time to exercise

This can be a busy time of the year but there should always be time to exercise! Try these simple but effective was to burn a few extra calories:

  • Walk to work.
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Park your car a little bit further away and walk.
  • Start your day with a 10 minute high intensity workout routine when you get out of bed.
  • Boost your energy with a quick 20-30 minute high intensity workout on your lunch break.

20 -30 minute high intensity workouts are perfect, in fact they are much more beneficial than spending over an hour on the cross trainer in the gym! Checkout my website www.glowfitnessacademy.com I am always putting workouts on there for you to try. We all know the build up to xmas can be a stressful time, so doing these workouts will also help reduce your stress levels!

 

Well, there you go, 7 ways to avoid the Xmas Bulge. Take action no, don’t wait until its too late.

 Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year!

 Graham

 

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