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How not to pile on the festive pounds

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Let’s not kid ourselves. The next few weeks we are all going to eat and drink to excess. And even the most healthy of us will be hardpressed not to put on a few pounds in weight, and forget about our gym memberships until January 1.

But, just because it’s Christmas you don’t have to throw all your healthy eating habits out of the window. Don’t just surrender to the inevitable, because it doesn’t have to be inevitable.

Don’t stop exercising

If you’re away from your usual town and gym, or your gym is shut for the week there are other things you can do. Head out for a run, do toning exercises at home on the beach or in the park. There are Park Runs all over the country which meet every Saturday morning, and some will still by running. Check out their website http://www.parkrun.co.uk . You don’t have to sit on the sofa all day do you! And you’ll feel better for it. Plus, if you’re family are driving you mental it’s the perfect excuse to get out of the house!

I’m heading home to Brighton, so I’m away from my gym in Newcastle for 10 days. But I’ve checked out my local Yoga studio, http://www.yogahaven.co.uk and they’re running classes pretty much everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day so I’ve booked myself in for a few Hot Yoga sessions – 30degree heat and yoga, the perfect detox session that makes your body and your mind feel incredible.

Don’t stuff your face

OK! So yes the roast potatos and stuffing look incredible, that Christmas pud and brandy butter is pretty much irrsistable and just about everything on the table could be covered in butter. But you don’t have to succumb. Now, before you all go, but it’s Christmas! Sure, it’s Christmas, but that fat will be on your arse for months. So, if you want to embrace your lardy flabby self then carry on and eat to your hearts content.

But if you actually value the effort you put into your body for the other 51 weeks of the year then temper yourself a bit and exercise your right to have some willpower and say no. And the only people who will say “oh go on” will be those who wish they’d said no 10 years ago and are now carrying their holiday weight from the last decade around the stomach every single day.

Remember – Christmas dinner is essentially meat and vegetables. So have that. Just that, no stuffing, no roast potatoes, no butter. Just stay healthy.

You can do it!

 

Pre-Christmas detox

December 17, 2012 Leave a comment

OK, so I may have been reaching for the chocs a bit too much recently. I need to get down to my fighting weight before Christmas so this week is very focused on weight-loss.

LOADS of cardio at the gym, and I mean hardcore cardio – sweaty HIIT to really get the blood pumping and the fat melting.

AND a very restricted diet.

Day 1 – fruit only

Day 2 – vegetables only

Day 3 – fruit and vegetables only

Day 4 – vegetables and chicken only

Day 5 – bananas, vegetables and chicken only

Day 6 – eggs, vegetables and chicken only

Day 7 – PALEO

So, starting tomorrow, here I go!