Tis (is nearly) the season where I see many ladies freak out about what they’re going to do about all the Christmas stuffing, meals out, Quality Street, and the leftover After Eights…without expanding their waistline.
I know what you’re thinking: “it’s not Christmas yet, Matthew. It’s not even December…”
Which I’m glad you’ve brought up.
Because during this time of the year?
The average weight gain is between 1-13lbs…with 5-6lbs coming between Christmas and New Year..
Well, maybe you’re busier than ever preparing everything for everyone else. Presents, food and just making sure the Christmas period is great for everyone else…
(often forgetting you)
Maybe you have many social events. Your family are feeders (the Italians are great at this. And even better at Christmas time. 5 plates of Nonna’s pasta or “you not love Nonna”…)
Or maybe you just think it will be easier in January when you’ll have “less stress” (forgetting that there’s never a “perfect time”…after all, the most depressing day of the year is in January).
Either way, here’s 6 WAYS to survive Christmas without feelings of guilt and actually having some fun and accepting that you’ll probably eat more 🍷
1. Deprivation will result in FAILURE – I’ll never forget one year when one of the ladies on our Fit For Life Body Transformation Programme (let’s call her Jane) went to a Christmas party. There were mince pies out. And there were also bowls of salted nuts.
Now, Jane decided to be ‘healthy’ and eat a few nuts..
After all, ‘Mince pies are bad’… <<< OK, now what do you think Jane is thinking about?
She ended up eating about 5 handfuls of nuts before THEN…having the mince pie anyway.
So, don’t become so obsessed with depriving yourself…
As the research shows, when they look at all of the diets:
They only work if you are in a calorie deficit…
These diets are tactics to achieve the principle that is a calorie deficit ..
I wish there was some other secret.
I really do.
But the good news is that it means we can spend our time together inside our programme focussing on your habits
And helping you fit the things you probably know you need to do in to to your lifestyle (even at Christmas) so you can do it even on your busiest day..
Choose a few social events you’re going to enjoy. On others? Make some small adjustments. It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Pretty good is still ‘pretty good’. Don’t aim for perfection, just be consistent.
And know that the most attractive look in the world is ‘health’. Which – for me – means going out with your friends and family and enjoying some great food…
You see, when you’re more flexible with your approach, you really can eat the foods you love
(rather than having to eat so-called super diet foods like açai berries, spirulina, and quinoa…I do actually like quinoa, though haha)
2. Start burning fat now – the longer you wait, the harder it is to get started. I always ask myself: “Imagine if you started last year?’
There will be never be a ‘perfect’ time to start. Not even in January.
And – if you think about it – if you start now. During one of the busiest, mince pie abundance time of the year and can stick to it?
It begs the question: when can’t you do it?
Set yourself small, simple tasks, like always having a full glass of water with you during the day at arms reach.
3. Make everyday tasks easier – doing muscle strengthening / toning exercises improves how your body handles sugar, tones muscles, and helps to improve your body shape
Try this one: 5 minute (ish…never trust me when it comes to timing 😂 ) workout https://frucifit.com/reverse-ageing/
4. Go for walks where you can with your friends and family – Not only can this be great for your mind and help burn up some calories, but it also helps you improve your fitness and curb your hunger.
Go for a walk after your lunch / dinner. It takes 20 minutes for your body to tell you if you’re full up.
At the very least?
Just get out of the kitchen (the longer you lounge in here? The more calorie you will eat…)
5. Know that being full and having enough are two different things
6. Focus on COMPANY rather than FOOD…
Hope this helps..
If you need help getting started today?
We have our “train for free” December offer for ladies who’d normally wait to do it all in January
Live until Sunday…
This is for our programme specifically for ladies over 40 in Marlborough, Devizes or Burbage.
If you want more details?
Message me with “Marlborough” “Devizes” or “Burbage” and I’ll get you the details
Matt “Christmas” Fruci