Christmas is knocking at the door, along with family visitors, fattening festive food and a frenzied round of seasonal celebrations, all of which have the potential to throw your healthy lifestyle into chaos. But it is possible to get through silly season without jumping up a dress size and seeing your health suffer. Read on for tips on how to keep yourself trim and slim, even when the seasonal merriment is going into overdrive.
Ways to stay slim this Christmas #1: Maximise your workout
Over Christmas it’s difficult to find time to hit the gym. However, even with limited time you can still have a good workout. Try attending a tabata class, which is a short, high-intensity regime, designed to increase your heart rate and give you both a cardio and muscle workout. Each round consists of eight repetitions of 20 seconds of exercise, followed by 10 seconds rest. Try a round of burpees, followed by sit ups, star jumps and lunges. That’s a full workout in 16 minutes!
How to stay slim this Christmas #2: Get guests into fitness
Dubai is known for its wonderful weather so if you have guests in town, arrange outdoor activities that are both entertaining and energetic. Paddle boarding and jet skiing are both great ways to burn off calories. Alternatively, hit a waterpark or ski Dubai for some fun-packed exercise.
How to stay slim this Christmas #3: Snack smart
If you stock up on the right nibbles you can give your metabolism a boost and burn more calories in the process. Foods that are high in protein and essential amino acids, such as avocado, soy beans, skimmed milk, asparagus and legumes help to boost metabolism, which increases the number of calories you burn. Likewise, spices such as ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric and cumin contain metabolism-boosting properties .
How to stay slim this Christmas #4: Leave room for dessert
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without dessert, but instead of choosing high-calorie items, which are loaded with sugar, opt instead for fruit, low-fat yogurt with honey, or dark chocolate. If you buy a good-quality dark chocolate, with high cocoa content, then it’s actually quite nutritious as it is full of minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc .
How to stay slim this Christmas #5: Make a plan
If you’re attending a Christmas party where the buffet table is likely to be laden with fattening treats, try to have a small, healthy snack, such as a bowl of vegetable soup, an hour or two before you arrive. Then, when you hit the buffet, instead of reaching for the mince pies, fill up your plate with low-calorie foods, such as chopped carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and a palm-sized portion of protein, such as chicken breast.