After watching what you eat for months, picking-up extra gym classes and using all your inner strength to say ‘no’ to the side of fries when you’re out at dinner, the last thing you want is for all the hard to work to go to waste with a Christmas-time blow-out.
So, if you’re a bride who wants to enjoy a cheeky Christmas feast without being a food-scrooge AND still maintain that bangin’ body, here are 5 ways to make it through the holiday season.
1. Work Smarter, Not Harder
If you’re busting your butt with gym class after gym class, it’s time to rethink your workout strategy. No one has time to spend hours running on a treadmill, especially during the holiday season, so, think smarter about the type of workout you choose. HYPOXI is a low-impact exercise method that is up to three times more effective at burning stubborn fat than traditional exercise. Basically, it uses vacuum and compression technology to help your body burn fat from the ‘hard to target’ areas, like your hips, thighs and butt – all without working up a sweat!
Upping your intake of water can not only sate your appetite (because often when we think we’re hungry, it’s actually just our body wanting more water!), but it can also have some pretty awesome side effects – clearer skin, shinier hair, less wrinkles. Water is nature’s miracle drink, so aim for three litres a day during summer and your body will thank you.
3. Don’t Skimp on the Feast
No one wants to diet on Christmas Day and, this year, you have our permission to eat as much of the delicious feast as you want; our only tip is to be careful what you fill your plate with. Start by piling on your greens (ie. Salad and vegetables), then add some meat (seafood or a delicious roast) and finish with a very small amount of carbs (bread or potatoes). If you don’t want to bust your diet, skip the toppings, like gravy, sauces and dressings and try and season with pink Himalayan rock salt or some balsamic vinegar instead. Remember: don’t underestimate the power of the proteins (meat, eggs, beans), as these yummy foods will keep you full for a long time, meaning you won’t gorge too much on dessert…
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4. Drink Up
If you’re getting anxious about all the Christmas invitations you’ll have to decline because you don’t want to drink… STOP! Depriving yourself completely is a sure-fire way to ensure you’ll just end up binging further down the track. Go out and enjoy yourself, simply try and stick to just one or two glasses of wine. If you’re more of a ‘cocktail’ kind of girl, replace the creamy or sugary classic cocktails with a vodka soda (ask for a dash of lime too!) – it’s refreshing and tasty, but without all the empty calories!
5. Get Some Zzz
With all of the late-night soirees over the holiday season, it’s likely that your sleep is going to be disrupted, so pay extra attention to your schedule and aim to get eight hours sleep most nights. Giving your body the rest it needs will help keep your metabolism performing at a higher rate, meaning you’re maximising your body’s ability to burn off the food you eat.
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HYPOXI is a low-impact exercise method that is up to 3 x more effective at burning stubborn fat than traditional exercise. Through advanced vacuum and compression technology and healthy nutrition, HYPOXI activates your body’s natural system to burn specific areas of fat and cellulite. Discover the best version of you with HYPOXI. Click here to book your FREE TRIAL if you’re in Australia and click here if you’re in the USA, select a studio and begin your HYPOXI journey today to look and feel your best on your special day.
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