Warm up with a cup of green tea! Not only will this warm you up on a cold winters day, it comes with many health benefits too. Dubbed the most nutritious drink in the world, green tea is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins. These substances help to speed up your metabolism and lower the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes. Add a slice or two of lemon for a vitamin C boost and citrus flavour kick.
Fill up on fibre
Start your day right by choosing high fibre, low GI breakfast options such as porridge, overnight oats and chia seed pudding (check out our Instagram for inspo!). These will help you feel full for longer and will produce a slow release source of energy, so that you won’t feel the need to snack before lunch. Stick to high fibre lunch and dinner options too, such as soup, stews and bakes. Research has shown that consuming food in liquid form (such as soup) takes up more room in the stomach and therefore makes you feel full for longer, resulting in a reduction in the amount of calories consumed throughout the day.
Exercise may not be at the top of your list on a frosty, dark winters night but try opting for a morning workout – even if its just 30 minutes it’ll make all the difference. The cold weather actually makes you burn more calories – this is because your body has to work harder to heat up your muscles and get the blood flowing!
Don’t arrive hungry
Avoid the Christmas party pig out and eat before you go, this will mean that you’re less likely to snack on calorific high-fat nibbles like pastries, cheese and chocolates. Bring a handful of almonds with you to help keep those hunger pangs at bay.
Pick low-calorie drink choices
Opt for low-calorie cocktails choices such as gin & tonic, vodka lime & soda, cosmopolitan, or vodka cranberry at the Christmas party to keep your calorie count down. Steer clear of cream based drinks such as baileys and white Russian cocktails, these could set you back nearly 300 calories per glass.
Watch your portions
Christmas buffets are the ultimate enemy when you’re trying not to over indulge. There’s nothing wrong with sampling your favourite festive treats, but remember, moderation is key. Pick the smallest sized plate possible – this will help you to avoid overconsuming on naughty high-fat, processed foods, but will mean you can still try a cheeky mince pie!
Remember, don’t take an “all or nothing” approach to Christmas, it is all about moderation. Depriving yourself will only make you more likely to cave and overindulge. Treat yourself but don’t go overboard, because after all, Christmas is about celebration!