Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, December tends to be an over indulgent month for us all, social events, office parties, biscuits, cakes and chocolate everywhere….holiday weight gain is real!

According to the British Dietetic Association, the average person will consume 6,000 kcals on Christmas day.

But wait, there’s more: ‘The average person could consume an extra 500 kcals per day, equating to a weight gain of around 5lb by the time we reach the beginning of the New Year’.

Here are a few tips to control your holiday eating:

1. Fill up on the good stuff – before you grab a handful of crisps and nuts, fill up on the good stuff! Opt for a soup based starter, enjoy the main course and eat your veggies first. Veggies are high in nutrients and fibre (and also very filling).

2. Keep a track of what you eat – I use Myfitness plan to keep a track of my calorie intake.

3. Exercise portion control – To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume, which inevitably means one thing: portion control. Use this as a guide when you’re filling up your plate during the festive season.

4. Keep moving – No matter how many parties you’re attending. Make time to get a quick workout done. Although you can’t target what you’re burning, it will remind you of how great it feels to keep fit and healthy whilst you’re standing at a buffet full of yummy food!

Don’t have time to hit the gym? I have got you covered with the Rosie Gets Fit 12 Days of Fitmas challenge – a daily dose of quick exercises you can fit into your hectic December schedule.

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