Christmas is coming

This post answers the following questions

1) How to avoid putting on extra pounds over the festive period?
2) How many minutes does it takes for your brain to inform your stomach that it is full?
3) Why should you limit your alcohol intake?
4) What can you do during the holidays?
5) How to enjoy your company?

No, really it is! Have you noticed that Christmas decorations and products are being advertised earlier and earlier every year?

Some disagree with this marketing ploy and yet some welcome it and it sends them into a giddy frenzy of excitement. To be honest the jury is still out for me on this subject.

However, I have to add, that for me it only begins to feel like Christmas when the Coca Cola advert graces our television screens with its theme tune of “Holidays are coming”.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but unfortunately the Christmas turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed over the holidays. Here are some tips that can help you avoid putting on extra ponds over the festive period.

Eat slowly

If you already did not know, it takes roughly about 15-20minuts for your brain to inform your stomach that it is full.

No doubt, by then we have usually over eaten. I would recommend that you perhaps eat a little slower and actually savour the food.

If you are still hungry after 20 minutes, you can always have more… in moderation of course!

Limit your Alcohol intake

I feel terrible just mentioning this! However, the fact is that alcohol provides “empty calories” and no nutritional value.

The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories it contains. This obviously is not very healthy for you, especially if you are watching your waistline!

Stay active during the holidays

By staying active during this this, it should prevent the pounds creeping up on you.

Taking brisk walks can help build up your core strength and build up your metabolism.

All of the shopping that you are doing and carrying can also help build up your core strength.

Enjoy the company

This time of year is meant so that you can spend time with your family and friends.

Do not hover, stand or drift towards the buffet table, you’ll end up constantly picking and grazing on the delicious morsels and quickly forget just how much you’ve eaten.

Instead, get involved in spending time with each other, take pleasure in the conversations, play games and delight in the merriment.

Expect the holidays to a be challenge

The holidays have a wicked way to tempt you to break your diet routine and gain weight.

Tempting treats and peer pressure will undoubtedly be present at whatever parties you plan to attend. Sometimes this will create tremendous pressure on you.

Let your family and friends know that you and working hard to lose weight and that you need their support.

Prepare and plan for it and you will succeed.

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John Stiller has been a personal for the past 9 years at his local gym. He specialises in Core Strength training.

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