So with only a few weeks left until the big day I'm already getting asked on a daily basis.
"Joe, how to I stay in shape and remain lean this christmas"
For most of you I'm going to put it bluntly, so here it is:
ENJOY THIS PERIOD, DO NOT STRESS AND WORRY. AND FOR GOD SAKE, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY
If you have a worked hard this year, and are holding a reasonable amount amount of bodyfat. One week won't damage your results/progress. You'll be fine. If you truly enjoy it then you would see sense into thinking its a great time to connect with friends and family. The "weight gain" or "bloat" is usually your body retaining water from the excess amounts of carbohydrates you've consumed ;-)
Being restrictive and stressed out over this festive period is not a good place to be in. Especially if you're in "New Year, New Me" mindset. Trust me, putting the tuppaware down for a few days will do wonders for you.
The only time I advise my clients to have a watchful eye is if they are on a Photoshoot goal, or 12-16 Week Plan.
But here's my tips to help you stay lean over Christmas ;-)
1. BE ACTIVE AND KEEP TRAINING
You may be a bit busier than normal over this time, with Christmas parties, family events and socials. But it's a idea to keep yourself training throughout these times.
You'll still be burning a tonne of calories in the process, even if you haven't got a lot of time. Express/HIIT styled workouts than hit every muscle in the body within 30 minutes is better than nothing. Click here to see a quick HIIT styled session you could do at home or in a hotel room if you travel.
Be active, go for long walks with the dog or friends, try to maintain a step average of 8-10K steps a day. If you're with the family and friends, Christmas day is a perfect time to go for a big long walk to help digest that big feast you've just smashed ;-)
2. MAKE CALORIE 'DENT'S
With a few big events through this period (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years day) plus that Christmas Party. There is more than likely going to be some extra indulgences.
To best way to combat this is to create a 'Calorie Dent' where you would lower calories in the week, this would primarily be from fats and carbs.
For example, your Christmas Party. This will more than likely be the first event of the festive period. Here's a tip to set up end of the week.
Monday - Wednesday: Normal Eating
Thursday: Lower Calories from Carbs & Fats
Friday (event): Lower Carbs & Fats during the day (do an extra 20 minutes cardio) ENJOY IT!!!
Saturday: Lower Carbs & Fats
Sunday: Back to Normal Eating
Try to opt for more Protein and Veggie based meal. That way the calorie dent won't be leaving you with a crazy hunger which would be a disaster. By doing this, it will allow your body to feel fuller throughout the day, and to save your calories for the big event. Remember danger is in the dosage guys!
3. KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED
I bang on quite a bit to my clients and friends about this. I perhaps seem like a broken record player, but this is a life saver. It's a pretty well known tip, but with the amount of alcohol we will be having. The first thing to cure those hangovers would be ensuring you are well hydrated. It is perfectly fine to have a drink, I know I will be.
But it will help you in the long scheme of things.
AND Remember guys, ENJOY & HAVE FUN
Christmas comes around only once a year, like I said earlier. If you've worked hard all year you deserve a little bit of a break. Fitness will always be there. To live a healthier, happier and fitter life you need to find a balance. Or you'll end up being like the Grinch.
So just think, when you're having that mince pie, or sipping on some mulled wine. Enjoy it.
For any more tips regarding training or nutrition please email me for any more questions.