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8 Ways to enjoy Christmas (without undoing your hard work)

Tis (is nearly) the season where I get many questions about what they’re going to do about all the Christmas stuffing, 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…

Why?

Well, as one of the ladies who’s recently started her 28 Day Kickstart said:

“I am already worried about how to manage Christmas and and like to be prepared. 

As soon as the tree goes up, the tin of chocolates and movies will be on. I’m sure others are thinking the same.

How to not undo all of our hard work but have fun and join in with family at Christmas.”

Maybe you want to ‘fit in’

Maybe you’re worried about undoing your results

Maybe you’re busier than ever this time of year

(often forgetting you)​​

I guess the social life will be quieter this year…

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 ENJOY Christmas without expanding your waistline …

1. Deprivation will result in FAILURE – I’ll never forget one year when one of the ladies on our Kickstart  (let’s call then Matt) went to a Christmas party. There were mince pies out. And there were also bowls of salted nuts.

Now, Matt decided to be ‘healthy’ and eat a few nuts..

After all, ‘Mince pies are bad’… <<< OK, now what do you think Matt is thinking about?

Exactly.

Matt 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:

Weight Watchers

Slimming World

Low carb

Cambridge..

They only work if you are in a calorie deficit…

They just don’t tell you this as they’re probably worried you won’t buy into their stuff.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Take home:

Choose a few days 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 just happens to include still being able to enjoy the foods you love.

2. It’s the 18th November today. Which means based on 3 meals a day, there are 129 meals until 1st January 2021..Christmas is ONE day. ONE meal for a lot of people. But we can thrown in a few events in and around it.

My point?

How many of these meals are out of your control?

Say 6?

Maybe 10 if we get to socialise?

That is 10 out of 129 meals?

That’s 119 meals you ARE in control of.

Do you really need to write off 6 weeks of the year because of this?

3. Start 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?

Take home:

Set yourself small, simple tasks, like always having a full glass of water with you during the day at arms reach.

4. It’s the perfect time to improve your confidence and reduce overwhelm

Imagine getting to January and

✅  Not worrying about if you are fit enough

✅ Not stressing because you don’t feel you have the confidence to go to an exercise session

✅ Not knowing if you can fit it in

My point?

What a great time to sew some seeds and reduce overwhelm in January…

Imagine waking up in January feeling confident and a sense of achievement that you decided to finish 2020 strong..

You created some real WINS

5. Make everyday tasks easier  – doing muscle strengthening / toning exercises improves how your body handles sugar, tones muscles, and helps to improve your body shape

6. 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.

Take home:

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…)

7. Know that being full and having enough are two different things

8. Focus on COMPANY rather than FOOD…

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Matt ‘Christmas’ Fruci