It’s never too early to start the Christmas diet. With the cold air creeping in and the frost on the ground, now is a great time to start taking stock of your eating habits. Okay, so it may be comforting to sit in front of the television, snuggled up under a blanket, eating biscuits and drinking hot chocolate. While whipped cream and marshmallows seem to be your best friend during the cold, long, dark months it’s time to ditch the rubbish and start taking stock of your health.
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time start taking stock of your health. So, put down the chocolate and listen up. You can look picture perfect in your little black dress this festive season.
The Great Burger Burden
While burgers, chips and the occasional fast food takeaway may seem like fun and games, the impact that this has on your health is detrimental. Aside from feeling sluggish, lethargic and generally run down, you are also causing a mass of problems on the inside too. Your heart cannot cope with the sheer amount of fatty foods that you are ingesting. Your heart becomes slower and cannot keep up with the face.
With this in mind, you really need to start taking stock of your eating. It’s time to separate fact from fiction, truth from myth. Everyone knows that the secret to a flat stomach is to eat my fruit and vegetables. But, you don’t have to eat like a rabbit to enjoy good food. Oh no, this is a negative stereotype that you need to banish from your mind. Eating healthy is all about eating smart.
Here are some great Healthy Eating Tips that you can use as part of your Christmas diet regimen:
Simplistic Food Changes: Instead of being bogged down and counting every calorie, make it easier to manage your food. After all, calorie counting is dull and it takes the enjoyment away from food. Eating should be pleasurable, not a chore or a strain. Make sure that you are swapping a big lunch for a bowl of salad. Do this every day for maximum results. When it comes to the three o’clock snack attack, pick up an apple. Small, simplistic food changes will go a long way. And, your Christmas LBD will fit better too.
Take Your Time: Don’t put yourself under any pressure to be a clean eating goddess. You don’t have to juice, pulverise and mash your food. If you drastically change your diet, you are prone to failure. Again, this all comes back to making small, realistic changes that you can stick to.
A lifestyle overall is not just about looking amazing during Christmas. It’s about caring for your body all year round. Make healthy choices for the long term. That way, you won’t have to worry about reading this next November!
On Your Marks, Get Set… GYM!
So, you want to look dazzling at your next Christmas party. Whether your festive gathering is with friends or your colleagues, you obviously want to look fabulous this Christmas. The little black dress depends on it. After all, you don’t want to spend half of your December untagging unsavoury photos on Facebook.
You want to look fighting fit and fabulous. Let’s get real. There is no secret to looking amazing. It’s time to hit the gym, and with this, your Christmas body will follow. So, instead of curling up on the sofa, it’s time to hit the gym and do a set of leg curls. There is no substitute for an invigorating cardiovascular workout.
Here are some basic tips that you can use:
Thirty minutes of interval training on the treadmill is a great way to get your heart pumping and stripping fat for your legs, bum and tum. Interval training is where you spring for three minutes, jog for two minutes and walk for three minutes. Keep doing this for maximum impact. Of course, you can do this in any order, but make sure that you are running more than you are walking. That’s the key to success.
Hit the rowing machine so that your arms are lean, toned and taut. A good 15 minutes on the hardest setting is a great way to make sure that you fighting the flab and ditching the bingo wings.
The cross trainer can provide the perfect cardiovascular workout too. Aim for a good half hour session to really see the benefit. Achieving the perfect body in time for Christmas? No problem.