So it’s that time of the year again: the multiple-week-all-you-can-eat-marathon. That last push before you start your new year’s super clean diet. Sitting down all day with family and friends, stuffing yourself, crawling to the couch to digest, only to do it all over again the day after.
Here are a few tips on how to survive the holiday season without looking like a snowman at the end of it.
Don’t go nuts on the appetizers
I know, they’re delicious. And they don’t come around very often. But be careful with these calorie bombs, which rarely have any nutritional value. Not only that, let’s be honest: you’re not going to refuse your main dish and dessert are you… So be patient and don’t go bananas on the appetizers.
For our alcoholics
Not only is drinking and driving a bad idea, alcohol is again one of those hidden calorie bombs, not giving that feeling of fullness. And there will be lots of alcohol. Christmas eve, Christmas, New year’s eve, New Year, and then the dozen receptions of your work, your partners work, your gym maybe, and so on. It is the only time in the year where this kind of binge drinking is considered socially acceptable.
That’s not to say it is not bad for you. You don’t have to say no all the time, but try and have a glass of water between each consumption of alcohol. Or you’ll end up getting your car confiscated, like the Clouseau fans I met after their gig at Sportpaleis.
It’s not cold, go work out
This is also the time of the year where people come up with excuses like “it’s too cold to work out” and “I’ll do it tomorrow” for their workouts. Well, unless you are reading this from Siberia or something (in that case, leave a comment!) it’s really not that cold. It might feel like that when you start, but once you are warmed up, you’ll feel just fine.
A shout out to the people at CrossFit Leuven as well for doing the “12 days of Christmas”, in which they do a heavy workout every single day leading up to Christmas. That’s how you do it!
Your diet is not ruined, you’re just lazy
Your Christmas meal will be calorie-rich and probably not the healthiest you’ve eaten all year. Neither will New year’s eve be (has anyone here ever not had leftovers?). However, that does not justify you pigging out on fastfood for the other days of that holiday season. It’s not because you ate bad twice that you should continue that trend until the new year and start off with that “new year new me” stuff again. Try to avoid the old me of eating too much crap in this period, and you will have a much easier time regaining your old body once the nutritional nightmare season comes to an end. Keep eating your steamed vegetables and boiled chicken.
These 4 will take you a long way in not looking like you just had the whole turkey yourself as an appetizer. Happy holidays to all of you!