Well we all know what this feels like… Your pants begin to feel tight and you are constantly doing the good ‘ol belly tuck. You feel slightly uncomfortable with the new friend you made (pooch), who now rests on your belt buckle. You begin to question the food choices you have made over the past month and wonder if it is all worth it. This friend is getting annoying. But hey, it is Christmas right? Doesn’t everyone enjoy treats during this time? Sure, a treat once in a while is fine! But if you eat too much of the Holiday food, pooch might be here to stay for a while. But what if I told you some tips to keep pooch at bay? Or even avoid meeting him all together?…
With Christmas only a couple of days away, we all are beginning to drool over the thought of the delicious food that is going to be served. I know for me, I plan to enjoy the food right from bacon, eggs and pancakes at breakfast, to after dinner deserts. There is no question in my mind that Christmas is not a time for my diet to be on key. But with that being said, I want to eat all of this delicious food without gaining any Christmas weight. Is it possible?!
I’m not here to tell you how much junk you can eat on Christmas without gaining weight (because simply, that’s not realistic). But, I AM going to give you some tips that you can start today to avoid meeting pooch, the not so friendly friend.
Don’t skip breakfast.
I know you are trying to cut down before Christmas day, but this is not a good idea. Your body needs fuel. I can’t say this enough – unless you don’t mind the sound of your stomach sounding like a rock band. Whenever I hear the sounds of my stomach grumbling, I feel like my hard-earned muscle is melting away. I hate that sound! Remember – you want to have a high metabolism to burn off that Christmas food. More muscle = higher metabolism. Your muscles need food to survive, and starving yourself will not help. Don’t do it! I’m begging you!! Personally, I would never skip breakfast. Here’s what I would eat:
You might have to skip out on buttering your toast or eating all the egg yolks. You can eat as much as you want of this on Christmas day!
Here’s what I would eat:
Begin with a large glass of water. Drink it all!
1 whole egg + 3 eggs whites scrambled with mushrooms, onion & spinach. (Use coconut oil for cooking.)
1 slice of Ezekiel bread (dry).
1/2 cup of berries
1 coffee with almond milk and stevia
Satisfying, filling & delicious. The perfect breakfast to start your day off on the right foot!
Tip # 2.
Don’t save your exercise for your New Year’s resolution. Get moving now!
There is still time before Christmas day. In my experience, I have learned that the largest muscle groups in the body need more energy (duh!). So why not exercise the largest muscles to burn the most fat? That’s what I would suggest. I know you are probably headed for the cardio machine to burn calories, but I’m not a huge fan of cardio. It is great for burning calories while you are exercising, but I want my body to keep burning fat when I leave the gym too. That’s why I focus my energy mostly on strength training. Again – build muscle to boost the metabolism.
My workout before Christmas
*If you don’t know any of the exercises, please check online before attempting to see proper form and explanation.*
1. Barbell or Bodyweight Squats (10-15 repetitions X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)
2. Bent-Leg Deadlifts (10-15 repetitions X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)
3. Dumbbell or Bodyweight Walking Lunges (10 PER leg X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)
4. Pull-ups (assisted if needed) or Lat-Pulldown (10-15 repetitions X 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)
5. Lower Back Extensions (10 repetitions x 3 sets. 30 seconds rest in-between sets)
High Intensity Finale.
(Complete each exercise one after another. Rest 1 minute after completing all the exercises once and repeat the whole thing 3 times.)
1. Jumping Jacks (30 seconds)
2. Jump Squats (30 seconds)
3. Mountain climbers (30 seconds)
4. Ab Bicycles (30 seconds)
REST 1 Minute and REPEAT 3 TIMES
Tip # 3
Drink water. All day.
Your body is made up of more than 50% water. It is important! Besides, you don’t need all the extra calories from sugary drinks. Make yourself a promise to cut out all sweetened drinks or beverages (including a glass of milk) before Christmas day. Water helps rid the toxins from your body, and what better time than now to help get rid of the junk before you load more in there Christmas day? Say “no” to juice, pop, milk, and coffee if you can…Or drink your coffee with unsweetened almond milk!
So with all of my tips above, I hope you are feeling more confident and ready to face the feasts on Christmas day, without the dreaded pooch to follow. And remember – these tips aren’t only good for Christmas, but can be used for any upcoming event where you know you just can’t say “no” to the delicious food before you. Lets also remember that food is not the reason for Christmas and should not be your focus. If you keep your heart on why we are celebrating this day to begin with, I also believe you will have more willpower to say “no” to the foods that you really don’t need. The birth of a beautiful boy and our saviour, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day, not the turkey coming out of the oven. So lets celebrate with food, not for food. And have a very Merry Christmas too!