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Keep calm & stay healthy over the Christmas holidays

Christmas is coming, which is definitely a time for celebrating and indulging – and so you should! But there are ways you can enjoy yourself without increasing your belt buckle and feeling guilty when the New Year rolls in.

Here are 5 tips to help you maintain your health and fitness progress over the silly season:

  1. Avoid going hungry to parties
    Eat your regular 5.4 meal or something light before you head to your mate’s party to reduce your chances of snacking on calorie dense party foods. It’s simple, really – if you fill your body with nourishing, high satiating foods there’s less room for the not-so-healthy options.
  1. Keep moving
    Even though you may be away and on holiday mode, we recommend keeping active. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the hotel gym, you could just go for long walks to explore the area, swim laps in the pool to stay cool, play with your kids outdoors or use your extra time off to play more sports with your mates like football or tennis.
  2. Be selective
    Let’s face it. You’re going to unwind, go to parties and indulge in your favourite foods – and you deserve to treat yo’ self! What you can do to keep your intake controlled is to be selective with the foods you choose to eat. Look at the breads, chips, and dips and work out what you absolutely must have and what you can live without. Use the process of elimination and pick your favourites so you still leave feeling satisfied.
  3. Avoid too much alcohol
    This is a silent killer! Alcohol is packed with calories, plus when you’re tipsy you tend to have less control to stop yourself going overboard on the snacks (it’s okay, we’ve all been there). Try and limit your glasses of wine, drink light beer instead of full-strength, or better yet drink spirits with mineral water and lime.
  1. Limit your feasting days
    There is no denying that one of the best things about Christmas is the food and if you didn’t take part in the feasts you’d probably go a lil’ cray! Instead, enjoy your family Christmas lunch or boxing day BBQ, but try to limit the extravagant feasts to a few days throughout the holidays and stick to your 5.4 meal plan on the remaining days.

You can still let loose and enjoy the foods you love over the holidays, but in a way that you still have control and it won’t destroy your progress.

Seems achievable, hey? Plus, keeping some focus on your health goals throughout December will make it even easier to kick into full gear when the New Year hits.

To keep you on track in between your Christmas feasts, order our macronutrient measured meals: http://bit.ly/fivepointfour-meal-plans

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