The festive season is well underway! It started in September and now we are fast approaching Christmas. A very special time of year that brims over with joy and merriment, feasts replete with Christmas cakes, plum puddings, roasts and biryanis and your favourite tipples – set to the strains of Christmas carols and Jingle bells. During Christmas, people not only tend to go off their usual diets, but they also gain more than a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain weight during the festive season with over-eating being the main cause for the weight gain, as well as the lack of physical activity and exercise.
A lot of people tend to put aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to get any exercise. But that is really not true. You can enjoy the holidays and stay fit and healthy right through the holiday season, especially during Christmas and up to New Year’s Eve. Here are some useful tips that are just what the doctor ordered:
1. If you want to stay fit and healthy through the festive season, small changes can go a long way.
Don’t go back for seconds, no matter how tasty the food is
Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful
If you can choose what you eat, don’t deny yourself anything. However, make sure that the portions of healthy food are larger than the unhealthy ones
2. Drink lots of water when you are partying or dining out. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for a non-alcoholic beverage or a sparkling water with some lemon, while your friends maybe knocking back multiple drinks. Drinking lots of water can satisfy your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. It will also prevent possible hangovers if you overdo the alcohol.