Everyone knows that the festive season can be weight loss nightmare due to the abundance of food and alcohol.  At this time of year, it is important to stay focused on what your health priorities are especially considering that the average person can gain 2-4kgs over the silly season just by slipping into bad habits and overindulging.

To avoid feeling like Santa’s sack and adding inches to your waistline check out these festive fitness tips:

Plan Ahead

Planning your food and exercise intake plus monitoring your social calendar is essential to staying on track.  One of my favourite quotes is failing to plan, is planning to fail. The festive season can get extremely busy yet what is stopping you from planning out a few days in advance and prepping food where possible?  Make sure you can still complete your workouts to stay on top of your game too!

Be mindful of your alcohol intake

Did you know, when alcohol is consumed it becomes the first source of fuel for your body? Your body also works on eliminating the toxin rather than using energy from any food consumed so if you are also overeating, there is a high chance that it will be stored as extra layers in places you do not want!  I am not going to tell you to not drink alcohol as that is probably unrealistic for some, instead just be aware of the effects it has on your body and weight loss.

To limit the effect alcohol has on your body and weight loss success, try these tips when consuming alcohol this festive season…

  • Switch your cocktail to a mocktail, same flavour just without the alcohol
  • Choose a low carbohydrate option (low carb vs. high carb)
  • Choose diet soft drink or soda water as your mixer
  • Consider your meals you are consuming that day
  • Don’t drink for every event! You don’t need alcohol to have fun and enjoy the festive
  • season, and why not raise your hand to be the designated driver

Not being afraid to ask…

The easiest way for you to know what is ahead of you this festive season (in terms of food) is to ask. Ask prior the event what food is being served, so you can organise yourself and if there is nothing that is suited to you and your health and fitness goals, ASK if you can suggest or bring a meal, something to share with everyone.

Don’t be fooled by the festive season and use it as an excuse to eat and drink until you can’t eat or drink any more. Keep your goal at the front of your mind and plan. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are now, don’t let this be the reason why you undo your hard work and dedication. Enjoy the festive season, don’t turn it into the silly season.

Top tips to avoid piling on extra layers this winter

Author CJ’s Fitbumps  CJ is a pre and postnatal holistic health coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer, nutrition expert and author of The Winning Physique. She provides specialist pre and postnatal fitness classes and coaching at Riverside Ice and Leisure as well as offers one to one personalised health coaching programs lifestyle consultations and personal training. Find me at www.cjsfitbumps.com, email me via [email protected] or call me 07557683770.