Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Workout Wednesday: 8 Tips To Staying Fit and Weight Gain Free Over The Festive Season

With the festive season now here the topic on most of my clients lips is Christmas weight gain and how they can prevent it but still enjoy the festivities. December is filled with parties and social invites  which makes the realisation of fitting into that skimpy number become all the more real but fret not it doesn't have to be bad news. If you have some weight to lose its not too late to start and you could be more then ready for that party dress in a couple of weeks! 

 I have some tips to share with you today on how I will be keeping the festive weight gain at bay and these might work for you too......


1. I'll be sticking to my 5:2 way of life - I wrote about this back in September so if you missed it you can read the post here. I am someone that couldn't even think about passing on the Christmas food delights so by keeping my calorie intake to 500 for two days of the week means I can enjoy all the yummy foods but put on minimal if any weight.

2. I'll be exercising over the festive season - for some strange reason some people think because its Christmas they don't need to workout?! Huh?? To me this is one of the most important times to keep active and if you have time off work you can get more workouts in then normal no? One of my favourite things to do on Christmas Day is to go for a walk round the park if the day is nice and leading up to Christmas I always like to do a little extra when it comes to fitness purely because I know I will be eating richer foods and I don't want to worry about it!

3. Eat a healthy snack before going to a party - I know it might sound crazy to eat before going to a party where there will no doubtably be food on offer but I can guarantee the offerings are not going to be healthy and in my case gluten free. I try to eat a small snack before leaving the house so I know I have eaten something and can keep my snacking to a minimum if any. Plus it means I can enjoy an alcoholic beverage without it being drunk on an empty stomach which is never good! I would much prefer to have a glass or two then the high calorie snacks that can usually be found at a party.

4. Don't over do the boozing - I do, as I mentioned above, enjoy a drink but I have never been one to drink all day just because its Christmas. I have a drink on Christmas Eve then none on Christmas Day and don't really have any more until New Years Eve to be honest but thats just me. If you tend to enjoy a few more drinks over the festive season remember to drink lots of water during the day to even things out and if you can try to have some days that are alcohol free your body will thank you!

5. Eat healthy and light during the day - if you are a social butterfly and get lots of invites to parties etc over the festive season one way to keep things healthy is to eat light and healthy during the day or when your in control of what your eating then when it comes to party food you can spend a few more calories on eating those higher fat/calorie foods.

6. Wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds - it can take up to 20 minutes before your body registers that your full so once you have eaten your dinner wait a while before gorging on a second helping. Plus you want to leave room for pudding right?!

7. Try to get enough shut eye - Christmas can be a stressful time for lots of us and not getting enough sleep can just add to the stress. Try to take some me time if you can and relax, aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night to give your body time to heal itself from all the rich foods and social activities. Not getting enough sleep can stimulate your appetite which can lead to bad food choices which is not a good thing during this time of year so its really important to get those hours of pure rest in!

8. Don't Stress Out - this time of year is also about relaxing and not getting too stressed out so if you do tend to put on a few pounds they can be lost once all the partying is over and if you do miss a workout don't fret there is always tomorrow. The most important thing is to enjoy the end of the year with family and friends and once all is said and done the new year means a new start for many of us and you can lose any unwanted pounds then : )


How do you keep fit and healthy over the festive season?


  1. Great tips! I find its a real balancing act between enjoying yourself and not piling on the pounds. I like to focus on the indulgences I really love instead of wasting calories on the meh crappy food thats often around this time of year.

    1. Thanks Laura it's definitely about balance at this time of year! X

  2. I definitely spend more time outside and running over Christmas...I agree with your statement about time off means having more time to get exercising! :)
    I also have a rule where I only eat foods I couldn't buy in a shop at any time. I don't take helpings of any shop-brought items and try and stick to the homemade stuff instead. This limits what I can have and I tell myself if I really regret not having any pre-packaged cakes I can always nip to Tesco and buy them another time.

    1. Great to hear you use your the off for more running and I like your thinking homemade stuff is way better anyway : )

  3. I think getting fresh air every day is so important- I try and have a walk each day if I haven't been on a run or something else.

    1. I completely agree and it's definitely something I need to work on, I walked pretty much every day during the summer but it's tailed off a bit now so I need to get back into it!