1 Don’t skip meals
Rather than skipping meals during the day and ‘saving up’ for a big binge meal at night, you should eat small, frequent, healthy meals and snacks as normal during the day to help keep your blood sugar and energy levels even and help you make better choices.
2 Eat before you go out!
If you eat something small and healthy before-hand (like a piece of fruit or salad), you’re less likely to overindulge at your holiday parties, rather than showing up ravenous and eating everything in sight
3 Fill up on salads and veggies
If you have a variety of dishes to choose from, try to make at least half your plate salad and veggies (potatoes don’t count!). These choices contain very few calories and sugar, but have all the good stuff you need to fill you up.
4 Sit further away from the food
If you’re at a party where the food is on a table, sit/stand further away from the food, it makes it harder to get up and get seconds/thirds, and also helps prevent you continuing to pick at the food just because it’s there.
5 Chew gum after your meal
If you chew gum after you have finished your meal, that minty fresh taste, and the action of chewing will help you avoid going back for more food even if you’re not hungry anymore.
6 Drink in Moderation
It’s fine to have a few drinks at your holiday parties, but make sure you drink in moderation, alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water, and choose your drinks wisely! Some cocktails contain as many calories as a hamburger!
7 Stay active
The last thing you need to do to over Christmas is skip your workout. Ideally you should keep your Training sessions booked in as usual, but if you can’t do that make sure you build in a daily walk and try to get more incidental exercise – park your car further away from the store, use the stairs, walk instead of driving, go for a run, train at home with your family!
8 Get outside
Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Go for a walk to look at the lights on the houses, a game of backyard cricket, Frisbee, soccer, or flying a kite will get everyone moving and
burning off all that excess energy
9 Enjoy Yourself
Don’t punish yourself by completely cutting out your favourite foods/drinks. It is Christmas after all, it’s a time to celebrate and enjoy yourself, just remember that EVERYTHING is fine, as long as it’s done in moderation.
10 Drink more water
This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated in the summer sunshine. Not to mention it will help prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.