Posted on: December 5th, 2017
The time is upon us, snow is falling, beers are flowing and it's time for the work xmas parties...
Whilst I'm keen to stress that this period should be enjoyed, I understand that there is a lot of worry about undoing hard work from the rest of the year.
With that in mind here are my tips for damage limitation through the office party season.
- Swap pints for bottles, you won't feel left out and it will save a lot of calories!
- Swap wine for gin, vodka slimlines or prosseco (as above).
- Space your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water.
- Don't arrive to the meal too hungry. An empty stomach combined with a few pre-meal drinks can lead to some really bad food choices later on when things get foggy!
- Save calories from other days in that week. Shaving a couple of hundred calories off each day in the build up can create a calorie sink to be filled by the work do indulgences.
- Turkey is a great low calorie, high protein meat which can be found in abundance this time of year. Include it along with all the other veggies that always pop up with Christmas meals.
- A rehydration sachet or alka-seltser before bed could help soften the headache the next day, have a pint of water ready and waiting on the bedside table for when you stumble in.
- A morning walk to clear your head, get some fresh air and get you moving is a great way to get yourself back in the game after a heavy evening.
IF ALL OF THE ABOVE FAILS....then don't worry, you're only human....enjoy yourself and keep training hard in the meantime!
I have been giving a lot of my clients who diet for long periods of the year far more freedom and an increase in calories for December.
I want them to enjoy the festive treats and put the calories to good use by training hard through the month.
All you can do is your best, don't get worried about it or miss out on the fun because you are concerned it will ruin all of your hard work.
You can't make a body or break a body in a day (despite your best efforts)....if you are one of those people who have ALOT of xmas dos then use the above advice to make sure that you aren't making things far worse than they need to be.
Xmas is a time for family, friends and fun so enjoy yourself and do the best you can in the situations you are in.
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