Whether this is your first time trying to follow a diet or workout plan during Christmas, or you are a seasoned veteran when it comes to saying no to the mince pies, this time of year throws up many challenges for dieters and fitness fanatics

Indulgence is what this time of year is all about, but a sustained period of gluttony can undo a lot of good work if you let things go a little too much. There are some really simple things you can do to keep on top of food and drink consumption so we have put together this little guide to help you stay on track this Christmas.

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Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Not everybody likes to drink alcohol, but if you do like to have a tasty tipple from time to time then the best advice a personal trainer will give you is not to over do it. Alcohol can really disrupt your body when it comes to burning fat and it is also really high in calories. 

The other thing about drinking to excess is that it can often end up in poor food choices. Many of us have been there at one point or another, so we know how easy it is to succumb to something unhealthy after a couple of drinks.

Always consume water in between drinks to make sure you remain hydrated.

Watch Out For Sugary Drinks

If you do not drink alcohol then you may opt for fruit juices or soft drinks. This is a sensible move, but there can be a lot of calories in a glass of coke or tonic water, for example. Try opting for sugar free versions of your favourite drinks, or look to try something like kombucha, which is naturally good for your digestion and low in sugar.

Plan Your Meals Ahead

There is a lot to be said for being prepared. If you know that there is going to be a buffet or a large meal, try and have a light snack beforehand so you are not ravenous when it comes to the main event. This will help you to make sensible choices about what you eat. On the other hand, if you are going out for a staff party that does not involve a sit down meal, then try to eat a square meal before you leave for the event. That way you will be in a better position to avoid unhealthy bar snacks or end up with a fast food option to keep you going.

Preparing meals in advance can be a great way to keep up healthy food choices when you are on the go. Find out more about meal prep ideas that will help you stay on the right path this Christmas.

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Try To Get Your Workouts In

As with planning meals ahead of time, always try to make time for some exercise. Even if you don’t follow your normal routine over the festive period, try not to let things slip completely. You may be away from your local gym, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train. Try going for a walk or look into some of the many home workout programmes during times when you cannot get to a gym. Doing this with your family and friends can be great fun and if you do plan to eat big later in the day, then at least you got a bit fresh air and some light cardio.

From all the team at Recipe For Results – have a wonderful festive period and look forward to a great 2022.

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