Curb your Christmas Binge

Published Thursday, 19 December 2013
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Some of us love to fully indulge over the festive period and don't pinch on the calories at all whilst some of us try hard to 'be good'. Not to worry though, we have a cunning plan.

Do you try to 'be good' and try desperately not to go 'too mad' when faced with constant temptation and tasty treats.

If you fall in to this category, then the following top ten tips on how to reduce your gluttony may help a little.

10 ways to curb the Christmas binge:

1. First of all, accept that you will probably eat more often and eat more calories over the festive period than you would normally. Don't beat yourself up about it. Instead, focus on how to reduce your over-indulgence, rather than trying to avoid it altogether; because let's face it, it probably isn't going to happen! So let's start with being realistic!

2. Try to focus on one meal a day as your 'treat' meal, rather than just treating yourself from dawn to dusk on anything and everything in sight!

3. Before you rush for seconds (or third helpings!), sit back, rest, have some water and wait at least 20 minutes before deciding if you really want more food. You may find that you go off
the idea!

4. Choose to snack on veg sticks, or other low calorie healthy snacks, rather than on endless boxes of chocolates. Move the high calories nibbles in to another room, because research shows that out of sight is out of mind, so you're less likely to snack on them. Set yourself certain times for the chocolate nibbles, such as watching a Christmas movie with the family.

5. Choose to have a large salad or large portion of vegetables with every high calorie meal. Start by eating all of the salad or veg first as this may help fill you up, so you consume less of the main meal. You may then still feel satisfied without any major compromise.

6. Rather than just eating everything in sight, and anything that is offered to you, earmark certain foods that you know are your 'downfall'. These are foods that you know you can't stop eating once you start, or foods that are so high in calories that you want to restrict them. It's worth being mindful of these so you can limit how much you eat of them, as it can be so easy to get carried away!

7. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea over the festive period, but complete a hard exercise session prior to any large high calories meals. This will deplete the glycogen stores in your muscles so the food you consume is needed straight away by the body.

8. When drinking alcohol, try to have a glass of water between each drink. Or mix spirits with water instead of fizzy drinks such as coke. This helps to keep you hydrated and reduces your calorie intake too.

9. Don't wear your new baggy Christmas pyjamas all week! Wear tight fitting clothes as this will help keep you focused to avoid overindulging and can help restrict how much, and how often you 'pig out'.

10. And lastly, an old tip, but still a good one! Eat with your opposite hand. It will slow you down and can help you eat less. Plus it always results in a good giggle around the dinner table!

If you do overindulge over the festive period, don't worry. It's not the end of the world. Spending time with family and friends is much more important than counting calories and watching your waistline. Plus, the Tribal Chiefs will be waiting for you in January with open arms, to help you get that fit and healthy body back in shape!

Merry Christmas from myself and the whole tribe at Tribal Fitness!

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Nichola Jarvis
Nichola Jarvis

Nichola is a sports studies graduate who has lived and breathed fitness for over 12 years.

She started her own fit club called Tribal Fitness to combine her two passions - nature's gym (i.e. the great outdoors) and having FUN when exercising!

Be it her Babes or Pramtastic Bootcamp to help mums with their tums, Nichola knows how to make keeping fit feel fun!

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