Ok so, it’s Christmas time, chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate and lots of ham, turkey, roast potatoes, you get the point. The holiday season is filled with tasty treats, mouth-watering meals and delicious desserts.
If you are on a diet that’s out the window during Christmas, lets face it. You’re not fooling anyone. It’s ok, the holiday season is a period to let loose and treat yourself. The entire country is going to be joining in so no need to feel guilty about it.
Among all the delights are ways you can make your Christmas healthier while still partaking in everything Christmas and the New Year has to offer. Read on for Deep Health’s approach to a healthier Christmas.
Keep On Top Of Your Water Intake
You would have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the fact that drinking more water leads to a healthier you. Research has shown that drinking water (500ml’s) 30 minutes before main meals aids with weight loss.
A study conducted over a 12-week period by the University of Birmingham revealed how participants who drank 500ml glasses of water 30 minutes before three main meals a day over a 12-week period reported to have lost 9.48lbs.
Deep Health cannot advise enough how important it is to stay hydrated over Christmas. If you have a night out planned, you should aim to have 6-8 glasses of water throughout the day. Having a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks keeps you hydrated.
Work Some Exercise Into Your Routine
It’s inevitable over the Christmas period you’re going to binge on tv shows and films with the family. Being a couch potato after the Christmas dinner and second helpings the day after and then sleepily retiring to the armchair is going to happen.
Over the holidays don’t forget to incorporate some exercise and get those legs moving amidst all the eating and drinking.
Going for a walk and admiring the Christmas decorations outside people’s homes every second or third day will be healthier than staying in and hibernating the whole time. Even doing a few rounds of walking up and down the stairs is better than sitting down all day.
Watch How Much Alcohol You’re Drinking
Alcohol is notorious for calories. The standard pint of Heineken, a popular drink in Ireland, contains 227 kcal according to the Irish Independent.
By this logic, if a person had 10 pints over the course of a day or 5 pints per day for two days they would total over the average daily calories intake for a woman (2,000) and close to the average daily calories intake for a man (2,500).
Try to stick to the same drink and avoid mixing alcohol with sugary drinks. The healthiest option is a shot of spirits with soda water and a fresh slice of lime or lemon.
We leave you with these tips on having a healthier Christmas holiday. Remember to have fun and we will see you in the New Year. Merry Christmas!