Over the festive period it's likely you will see yourself eating foods you don't usually eat because they are just there to feast upon. Is it right or wrong to do so all comes down to you as a person. I'm sure over the next few weeks there will be times when you might feel guilty for over eating or drinking but I want to share some tips with you on how you can still stay on track when doing so.
For some people they will use this time of year as an excuse to eat and drink whatever they want just because it's Christmas and they feel it's ok. Will we see this same person however in the new year complaining how much weight they have put on, it's likely isn't it. So what should you do? Should you be like the person above or should you stick with the same strict approach you have followed all year round? Here is what I recommend...
This time of year only comes round once and it's filled with such joy and love I believe you should enjoy the time you spend with friends and family members. Does this mean I am suggesting to eat whatever you want? No I am not but I don't think you need to worry so much about the amounts of food you are eating as long as you keep a basic track with it all. A few chocolates, drinks, snacks, cheat meals etc etc isn't going to harm you long term if you keep it all in moderation and that's the key.
Have A Balance...
In my opinion to have a balance in life is key when learning to appreciate what is most important, especially around festive times like Christmas. Personally i won't be counting out every single macronutrient around this time because I want to enjoy it properly with my friends and family. If you work hard all year round, you shouldn't feel guilty about a few days of eating with a slightly more flexible approach than usual.
Just because it's Christmas it doesn't mean you have to stop working out, if you want to exercise then do so. If you love exercising as much as me you can eat a bit more than usual knowing you will burn the majority of it off in one of your sessions. Eat big, train big, that can be your mantra over the Christmas break. Or you can rest up and give your body a period of time to recover. I'm sure some of you will have had a few days off in a row before and noticed upon your arrival back into the gym, you feel stronger, more alert and had a great session. Why? Because you were rested, and rest is something we don't give our body enough of, well some of us anyway!
In summary, stick to a sensible approach over the next few weeks so that you haven't got to deal with the disappointment come January.