How do I handle Christmas and social events?

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…

Why?

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 expanding your waistline …

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?

Exactly.

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:

Weight Watchers

Slimming World

Low carb

Low fat

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 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?

Take home:

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

3. Boost your metabolism and 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 workout​​

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.

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…)

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

6. Focus on COMPANY rather than FOOD…

​​​​Matt

 

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