Christmas is fast approaching and we are all excited about our Christmas Nights out and festive celebrations this month. As much as it is the most exciting time of the year for most people we tend to just let it go and indulge, indulge and overindulge day after day reassuring ourselves than we will hit the gym and will start a new diet from January and thinking that Christmas is the ‘all you can eat’ time of the year.
Well, bad news is that it’s going to take you a very long time to get rid of that fat you have put on within weeks. Have a look at this picture:
1 pound of muscle burns about 50 calories a day
1 pound of fat burns 4 calories a day
So, imagine how long it will take you to burn 5 lbs of fat (and most diets won’t help you to get rid of fat because in order to get rid of FAT you have to exercise and consume protein, fat, carbs and fibre (the ratio of consumption of the above varies but they have to be a part of your every day diet). The reality is that after following the majority of ‘wrong’ diets, counting calories, depriving yourselves of good fats, protein, fibre and consuming food substitutes or packaged meals full of additives your lost pounds will soon find you and will multiply unless you want to stick to calorie and points counting for the rest of your life (it might work for some people and they are quite happy to do that but this is not a long term solution)
I hope these 5 TIPS will help you to tackle the Christmas parties:
1. Ok, you have a Christmas party planned and you are sooo looking forward to all the food and drinks you are going to consume that you start preparing yourself for it since early morning (or even better! from night before)…and what exactly do we usually do? yes, we do not eat for hours and hours before the party so that we can ‘enjoy’ the festive menu and cocktails and looking good and deflated in that little black dress…WRONG! So wrong! why is it wrong? Well, if you are going to the restaurant on an empty stomach you are going to eat A LOT and eat it FAST. And because you are so hungry you will also get drunk fast (which might be good for your bank account as you won’t spend a lot because you will be ‘celebrating’ in a taxi on your way home). What CAN you do? Well, first of all eat your breakfast (ideally protein rich), and if your Christmas party is in the afternoon – have a snack before you leave the house (fruit, nuts, etc) so that you are not starving when you arrive to the restaurant. If your party is in the evening – have breakfast and lunch and have a snack before you leave for the party.
2. Before you leave for the party – drink a pint of WATER and take a bottle of water with you so that you can keep drinking on the way to the venue. Ask for a jug of water in the restaurant to keep you hydrated and to give yourself an option to drink something else rather than alcohol the whole night. If there’s a buffet at the party – make sure you are drinking a lot of water or you’ll end up snacking on the party food the whole night (and if it’s ok to have some of it since it’s your xmas night out – snacking on it the whole night (and drinking!) will not only add a few pounds on your body but might also leave you bloated and might very well give you an upset tummy. Drinking loads of water will also prevent you from being hangover the following day.
3. If there’s a dance floor – DANCE AWAY! The more you move – the better! Dancing burns loads of calories so unleash your inner Michael Jackson and show everybody your groovy moves (the groovier – the better 😉
4. Take aways.
OOOHHH we LOVE a good take away after a good night out (especially clubbing), don’t we? I am sure this tip won’t even entertain the majority, but have you tried carrying a bag of nuts with you? Since I started carrying cashew nuts with me everywhere I do not get a temptation to have sugary, fatty snacks when I’m out and about. I just snack on nuts and they keep my hunger at bay. Just think how many calories and fat from a take away meal you are adding to your already consumed ones from your night out and booze??
5. Alcohol. As much as we all know we are going to be drinking on a night out, those who watch what they eat and drink might want to switch from drinking cocktails, alcopops (An alcopop is an alcoholic beverage made with fruit juices and other flavorings which tend to conceal the alcohol content of the drink behind a sweet, fruity flavour (in other words: full of sugar, additives and calories. )) to sticking to g&t (There are 103 calories in 1 oz. gin and 3 oz. tonic) (slimline tonic), or up your sophistication level while lowering your calorie count by ordering a glass of champagne. A 4-oz. glass of bubbly is only 85 calories. Don’t take me wrong – I LOVE cocktails but I wouldn’t spend the whole night drinking them. If you ARE sticking to cocktails for the whole night – go for lower calorie ones, such as
– MOJITO. Mint, lime, and soda water are all naturally low-cal, a shot of rum is about 100 calories, and 2 tbsp. of sugar (ask for half the normal serving) in the form of syrup is about 40 calories.(140kcal)
– Sour-Apple Martini made with 2 1/2 oz. sour mix and 3/4 oz. each vodka and sour apple liqueur is a 160-calorie treat.
– Tequila and Soda. Viva la Tequila! Tequila on the rocks with club soda is a 100-calorie drink. Add a squeeze of lime to up the refreshment factor.
– Sea Breeze. If you usually order a vodka-cranberry, try a sea breeze. The 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka will set you back about 180 calories.
Among the most fattening ones are LONG ISLAND ICE TEA (780 kcal), MARGARITA (740 kcal), PINA COLADA (644 kcal), WHITE RUSSIAN (425 kcal).
Saying that – do enjoy your night out! Eat plenty, but healthy, drink wisely and stay on the dance floor till you drop!
Have a good week