With it being Christmas Day, many of you will find yourself surrounded by unwanted goodies and treats which could leave you feeling in regret. If you are like me and don't want to eat these foods but sometimes find yourself tempted too, I want you to know it is ok to do so, especially on a day like today where everyone is jolly and filled with joy. Everything in moderation is a great saying but it doesn't mean eating these bad foods and drinking alcohol, fizzy drinks every day. Here are some simple tips to help you over the Christmas holidays which will hopefully keep you on track with your fitness goals.
I'm sure most of you will agree that the worst part about being surrounded with all the bad foods is the temptation to eat it. No matter how you are feeling, there is always room for something sweet and not so healthy, but it is the temptation of it being there which lures you in. So the best ways to avoid temptation is to ignore the fact that these foods are even there and to have a small bit of discipline where you can say no to it. Just because the cakes, biscuits, chocolates and other treats are there doesn't meant you have to consume them. So keep disciplined and stay focused on your goal.
Everything In Moderation
The saying is very true and I am sure you have heard it all before, a healthy, balanced diet is important in reaching your fitness goals and eating everything in moderation isn't going to do much harm. Around this time of year it is far too easy too over indulge in foods you wouldn't normally eat so eating these foods in moderation is far better for you than to annihilate them in one go! How many of you after having one treat do not consume anything else? Once you have one bad treat you tend to think that it is ok to keep going and before you realise, you are five or six treats down. When you do things like this it disrupts your normal routine, the hormones within your body go crazy and chances are you will start off on a slippery slope.
For many of you the Christmas holidays mean you can relax from training, your diet and spend more time with friends and family. Exercising during these weeks are thought of as being silly and not having a life. Erroneous, and do not listen to these types of comments. In fact I suggest you do exercise so that if you do eat something bad you can give yourself a chance of working it off. So stick with your exercising and don't use Christmas as an excuse!!
My Final Advice
Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently to certain approaches. Personally I would say I am quite extreme with my lifestyle because I don't like drinking or eating too much bad food. I like to stay lean and eat clean, nutritious foods on a regular basis however, I do understand that for some people my approach is too much and would resemble it being a chore rather than fun! So, this is why I suggest you do things in moderation and keep having fun with it. If you want a piece of chocolate then do so just don't forget to exercise too. Remember, it shouldn't be a shock if you go off track with your diet and do no exercise, you will gain weight! So keep everything going, keep it simple and have a great Christmas :)