How to beat the bulge this festive season

Festive season is a tricky time for people trying to lose weight. It seems like you spend all your spare time eating at work parties, BBQs, family catch-ups, Christmas gatherings and New Years Eve celebrations. The silly season can be just plain silly.

And because you’re being extra social it can also be hard to keep up with your exercise routine. Stress levels rise and you sleep less. Of course, it can also be a fun time of year, but you need to make sure you keep looking after yourself so you don’t get burnt out

Here are some tips to get through the festive season without stacking on kilos:

It’s ok to say no.

Just because it’s there it doesn’t mean you have to eat or drink it. And just because you’ve been invited to lots of parties, doesn’t mean you have to go to all of them.  You know the saying – everything in moderation. If you feel like you’ve got too much on your plate, you probably do.

Remember one wine, one water.

By keeping hydrated it will help protect you from getting too drunk or too hungover. Water will also make you feel less hungry later in the evening when you’re tempted to eat fattening treats. And let’s not forget how great water is for the skin.

Keep your body moving.

Make sure you keep up with your exercise routine and if you can’t, at least take some time out of your day to go for a walk. Even some simple exercises when you wake up like sit-ups, push-ups, lunges and squats, teamed with a brisk walk or run will help keep you active. You’ll also feel fresher and calmer, which helps during this busy time.

Choose the healthy option.

Skip the fatty and fried finger food being offered up and instead go for the fresher, healthier alternative. The same goes for alcohol. Skip the beer and any drinks pre-mixed with soft drinks, juice or milk and instead opt for vodka and soda or white wine spritzers for a lighter calorie option.

Eat before you go out.

Have a healthy meal before you head out to a party, that way you wont be so tempted to fill-up on fried, fatty or sugary snacks.

Be the designated driver.

By opting to drive it takes out a lot of temptation to overindulge. You’ll drink less and eat less. You’ll also feel better in the morning and will be more inclined to exercise. All of these factors will help you on your path to feeling great.

Don’t lose sight of your goals.

Trying to get in shape doesn’t mean you need to stop having fun, you just have to pick your moments to indulge. If you can increase your exercise to compensate for the extra merriment then do so or if you decide to let yourself chill out for a few weeks then that’s ok too. Just don’t lose sight of what makes you feel great on the inside and out.

The festive season is a busy and stressful time of year and it’s very easy to fall off the weight loss, keep fit wagon. But by following some of these simple steps it will hopefully keep you on track to a healthier and happier you. Good luck and enjoy the festivities.